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Tynwald rejects water rate call

Minister criticises 'misguided' motion

An MHK has failed with his attempt to have Manx Utilities lower its water rate increase for the year ahead.

Lawrie Hooper told Tynwald the 6.4% hike - which comes in line with the Retail Prices Index - went against the Programme For Government's pledge to limit charge increases.

Treasury Minister Alf Cannan put forward an amendment, calling for the concerns to be recognised, and supporting a review of Manx Utilities' financial position.

He labelled Mr Hooper's motion 'well intentioned but misguided' - and Treasury will now report back to Tynwald in October.

Tynwald members approved the amended motion, despite a plea from Mr Hooper to reconsider.

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