Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed an announcement from the Scottish Government that Small charities, churches and voluntary organisations will be exempt from paying water charges for six years.
The current exemption was due to run out on in 2010 but today that was extended to 2014.
Commenting on the move Mr. Gibson said…
"This is a sensible stance to remove the threat of punitive water charges to local organisations."
"I have received many letters from charities, voluntary and religious organsiations arguing against any charges. I agreed with them that incurring water charges for these organsiations was not fair."
"I am greatly heartened by the announcement. It shows that the SNP Government is on their side."