Flushed out: the details Ministers didn’t tell you about toilet tax

Isle of Man Examiner, May 24, 2016

Isle of Man Examiner, May 24, 2016

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Ministers knew that Manx householders would end up paying significantly more than the UK average when they agreed to introduce the sewerage rate.

That’s the lead story in today’s Isle of Man Examiner - which is in shops around the island now.

We reveal how minutes of a Council of Ministers meeting in September 2014, when proposals were discussed to replace the £50 flat rate toilet tax with a charge based on rateable values, have been made public following a Freedom of Information request.

Elsewhere in this week’s paper:

A plaque erected at Noble’s Hospital to commemorate an air ambulance crash 16 years ago, branded insensitive by the family involved, will be replaced.

There are concerns over the Ben-my-Chree ahead of TT after it experienced engine trouble on Saturday.

There’s the first in a series of articles about a group of hertiage bodies whioch have joined forces to protect the island’s historic buildings. The subject of the first in-depth feature is the Castle Mona.

A woman who received £2,000 from the Western Swimming Pool following a row over breastfeeding insists she never set out to get any compensation.

The indefinite suspension of John Houghton MHK leaves Tynwald in uncharted territory, the Chief Minister admits.

There’s a warning for Isle of Man residents about the perils of buying puppies from the UK, following a Panorama investigation into the puppy farming industry.

There’s news from the courts, with details of a woman who had heroin worth more than £8,000 inside her body.

The mystery of a massive carpet found on a northern shore by volunteer group Beach Buddies is solved.

Deaf swimmer Letisha Ellis, 11, is the subject of this week’s Pride in Mann article, after being nominated no fewer than 18 times!

There’s a packed letters page on a range of issues affecting Manx life.

We’ve got pictures from a successful open day the the Children’s Centre’s Community Farm on Sunday.

Sport have all the latest results, reports and pictures, including a full report from Sunday’s Hospital Cup final.

And in our 10-page Business News section, there’s a feature on money laundering and how people are being trained to deal with the problem within the island.

Your Isle of Man Examiner is in shops now.

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