Section 38 – Suspension of collection of charges by local authority
98.This section applies to dwellings that are subject to a determination under section 37(1)(a) (i.e. for which the local authorities bill and collect water charges). The section provides a process whereby Scottish Water can give, and subsequently withdraw, wholly or partly, notice to a local authority that it should no longer bill or collect water charges from any such dwellings as are specified in the notice. Where Scottish Water has served such a notice, it will have to bill and collect the water or sewerage charges itself.
99.Subsection (4) provides that Scottish Ministers may make regulations regarding such a notice, and subsection (5) provides that these regulations may provide for a payment to be made by Scottish Water to the relevant local authority in respect of any reasonable administrative expenses it incurs as a consequence of the notice.