Labour Councillors have welcomed the decision by the water regulator OFWAT to reject Thames Water’s application to hike Westminster water bills by 8% next year. Labour Councillors have been campaigning for OFWAT to reject the application because local residents simply cannot afford it in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said:
“It is great news for Westminster residents that thanks to our campaign, their water bills will not be skyrocketing next year. There is a cost of living crisis across Westminster and any increase to water bills would simply squeeze household budgets in other places. We now need action from the Government and Tory Mayor to bring down the cost of housing, transport and energy bills.”
Sadiq Khan MP, Shadow London Minister said:
“I am absolutely delighted that OFWAT have sided with ordinary Londoners and rejected yet another inflation-busting hike to water bills. Labour has been campaigning hard on this issue and this is a great example of what it’s possible to achieve when we stand up to monopolies and broken markets.”
1. Details of OFWATs decision are here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24547166
2. Further information about Labour’s campaign against Thames Water’s application is here – http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/labour-scrap-thames-waters-29-super-sewer-surcharge-8785312.html