Monday, 28 November 2011

Water Bills to be cut by £50

The Western Morning News this morning reports that George Osborne is proposing a £50 cut in water bills across the South West Water area.

That's hugely good news for an area which has been hit by over-pricing since the Conservatives controversially privatised the water companies. The most argued about element was the need to clean and keep clean more than 30% of the UK's coastline despite the area having just 3% of the population.

Together with what was perceived to be over-charging by the company itself, this lead to water bills which are twice as expensive as London and over £1000 per year in many cases. The average cost in Cornwall is £517 which is roughly 20% more than the UK average.

Liberal Democrats have been campaigning on this issue for many years now and this cut is a good step in the right direction. After all, in 13 years Labour did nothing on the issue. But whilst SWW bills are still the highest in the country - and by such a margin, we'll keep up the pressure on the Government to take further action.

2 comments:

Jude Robinson said...

Stuff the Labour government did to help people with water bills.

http://www.ccwater.org.uk/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.2249

£50 off from the coalition but 20% increase in VAT, cuts in tax credits, cuts in benefits for disabled children, job losses....which would people rather have, do you think?

Jude Robinson said...

Meant increase in VAT to 20%, of course.