Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responds to Consumer Council for Water’s latest report into water poverty
“This latest report by the water watchdog exposes a shocking lack of support for people struggling to cope under David Cameron’s cost-of-living crisis. Rather than making water companies support customers with unaffordable bills, David Cameron has allowed them to pay huge profits back to their shareholders.
“This Tory-led Government’s failure to act means that only six companies currently offer social tariffs for people who struggle to pay their water bills. Labour will introduce a package of measures to require far greater social responsibility from the water companies, including requiring all water companies to sign up to a new national affordability scheme ending the current postcode lottery.”