Tory MP admits that the vulnerable may see ‘significant rises’ in bills
Extract from Matt Chorley, Independent. Sunday, 30 January 2011
“Every home in the country could be forced to have a water meter under government plans to overhaul charges as water companies press to cut off supplies to families who do not pay their bills.
That increasingley strange person Caroline Spelman, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is understood to have accepted in principle that charges for water should in future be based on metering, with the aim of cutting water use. Those with high levels of discretionary water use will be worse off, such as keen gardeners who water wilting blooms and the disabled.
“Water firms have demanded the power to limit or cease supply to those unable to pay.