The new Minister responsible for Water, Richard Benyon MP, has promised to review the high water bills in the South West in July
Torbay MP Adrian Sanders has welcomed the news and plans to co-ordinate a cross-party campaign from Devon and Cornwall’s MPs to convince the Minister to implement the recommendations of the Walker Review, which called for West Country water bills to be brought down to the national average.
The water regulator Ofwat is currently investigating how to implement these recommendations.
Adrian said: “While making favourable comments, the last Government dragged its feet on changing the unfair water charging system we have in the South West. There is now a chance in July to undo the damage caused all those years ago by privatisation.
“I will be working with MPs, hopefully from all parties, to convince the Minister to implement the Walker recommendations in full.”
• Reporting on the news of South West Water profits, the Devon Week said: “South West Water, which is constantly under fire for the high charges to its customers, has seen pre-tax profits rise by 8.7 per cent to £132.5 million. Pennon, which owns South West Water and waste management company Viridor, had a 14.2 per cent rise to profits, to £189.1 million.”