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Water Bill Discount 'To Be Extended'

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 26th June 2013 (Updated 2:39pm 26th June 2013)

Cornwall is going to keep its £50 water bill discount.

The Chancellor has confirmed he will extend it beyond 2015 as he announces the next load of cuts. George Obsorne did not say how long the rebate would last for.

Another eleven and a half billion pounds is being chopped from departments, apart from health and education.

But Pirate FM has learnt calls for debt advice over water bills are still rocketing.

The Duchy's Citizens Advice Bureau says more families have needed help paying despite the rebate.

Nationally calls are up two thirds.

The money off was designed to help ease the load of having some of the highest water bills in the country.

But it is feared financial pressures have cancelled it out.

Graham Tierney from Cornwall CAB reckons extending the discount will not make much diffference. He said: "If you're struggling to make ends meet and you can't pay outgoings then, please, do get advice as soon as you possibly can.

"Best thing you can do is get advice, deal with it, don't let it fester, don't lose sleep over it.

"It varies according to circumstances but there are schemes where people can agree to pay a certain amount towards their arrears and their current consumption and some of the arrears they have can be written off."

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