Water Meter and Dentist


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Mike Tunstall

This is an enquiry on behalf of my Dad.

He suffers from mental illness and his daughter has Downs Syndrome. His wife
is his carer for them both. She needed urgent dental treatment and hasn't
been able to register with an NHS dentist. Furthermore she called the NHS
hotline who searched on their computers for a NHS dentist within Lancashire
that was taking on patients only to be told there was none and she would
have to go private. This she did as the pain was unbearable. The cost was
£589. Is there any possibility of getting a reimbursement for this amount?

Also they moved into a new bungalow around 8 years ago. It is privately
rented. They are on a water meter and are paying aprox £42 per month for
water. They always have the washing machine on as the daughter uses so much
clothes and bedding and requires sometimes 2 baths a day.
Are they forced to be on a meter or can they revert back to the normal
system. I am wondering here if there is anything that says someone who is
disabled doesn't have to be on a meter, if you get me.

Many thanks
Mike
 
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Mike

Mike said:
This is an enquiry on behalf of my Dad.

He suffers from mental illness and his daughter has Downs Syndrome. His wife
is his carer for them both. She needed urgent dental treatment and hasn't
been able to register with an NHS dentist. Furthermore she called the NHS
hotline who searched on their computers for a NHS dentist within Lancashire
that was taking on patients only to be told there was none and she would
have to go private. This she did as the pain was unbearable. The cost was
£589. Is there any possibility of getting a reimbursement for this amount?
I beleive not but the local FAmily Practitioners Comitee would be able
to confirm.
Also they moved into a new bungalow around 8 years ago. It is privately
rented. They are on a water meter and are paying aprox £42 per month for
water. They always have the washing machine on as the daughter uses so much
clothes and bedding and requires sometimes 2 baths a day.
Are they forced to be on a meter or can they revert back to the normal
system. I am wondering here if there is anything that says someone who is
disabled doesn't have to be on a meter, if you get me.
The WA in my area will only remove the meter if you voluntarily change
to a meter and your worse off, as far as I can see they're not obliged
to do this, it's an incentive to get people to convert. If it was
fitted on a newly built property/flat (this is compulsory) or by a prev
occupier then they won't. Check with the WA, but after 8 years I can't
see them changing it. The WA are supposed to be getting everyone on a
meter eventually disabled or not. It's comparable to having a fixed
charge for your gas, electric or phone irrespective of usage.

Mike (a different one, not the OP obviously!)
 
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JNugent

Mike said:
This is an enquiry on behalf of my Dad.
He suffers from mental illness and his daughter has Downs Syndrome.
His wife is his carer for them both. She needed urgent dental
treatment and hasn't been able to register with an NHS dentist.
Furthermore she called the NHS hotline who searched on their
computers for a NHS dentist within Lancashire that was taking on
patients only to be told there was none and she would have to go
private. This she did as the pain was unbearable. The cost was £589.
Is there any possibility of getting a reimbursement for this amount?
Pass.

Also they moved into a new bungalow around 8 years ago. It is
privately rented. They are on a water meter and are paying aprox £42
per month for water. They always have the washing machine on as the
daughter uses so much clothes and bedding and requires sometimes 2
baths a day. Are they forced to be on a meter or can they revert back
to the normal system. I am wondering here if there is anything that
says someone who is disabled doesn't have to be on a meter, if you
get me.
But would the payment be much less if calculated via the rateable value?

FWIW, my water rates are about the same (maybe a couple of pounds cheaper
per month, but that's all).
 
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Mike

JNugent said:
Mike Tunstall wrote:




But would the payment be much less if calculated via the rateable value?

FWIW, my water rates are about the same (maybe a couple of pounds cheaper
per month, but that's all).
Water meters are normally cheaper for single people or those who live in
either properties far bigger than they need. A single man in a
typical three bedroomrd semi would be better off but a faimily of four
probably won't, unless it's a very large semi. A washing machine can
take suprisingly little water (modern ones are more efficient) and a
bath is as deep as it's long. I have two young children and they have a
bath or a shower 5 nights a week and our washing machine runs about 12
times per week and I don't think a meter would make too much difference
one way or the other.
The only way of checking is to find out the rateable value of the prob,
if there is one, (a very similar property nextdoor or close may be a
good comparison) and use the WA own sewerage and water figures to work
out what your bill would be.
Of course if your on a new build estate and every hse has a meter there
is probably no comparison. Also if the WA won't change the meter it's
all moot.

Mike
 

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