'Look closely' at price increases, Paterson tells water companies
Environment secretary Owen Paterson has written to the water companies urging them to "look closely" at whether price increases are necessary, saying they should recognise the financial strain that people are under.
He also called on the companies to introduce social tariffs for vulnerable customers.
In the letter, Paterson said: "We know household budgets are under pressure and keeping water bills affordable is a crucial way we can help hardworking people. That is why we are pressing hard to make sure customers get a fair deal by encouraging water companies to look closely at any price increases."
Paterson said: "That is why we are pressing hard to make sure customers get a fair deal by encouraging water companies to look closely at any price increases.”
The environment secretary's letter coincides with a statement from Water UK that emphasised the water companies will continue to help hard-pressed households through stable affordable prices.
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