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I think they're wrong and should be scrapped. This is what I'm doing about it. You? http://standingwater.simdif.com
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Off course, you could use candles in your cave.
The standing charge might be economically justified on the basis that it costs money to simply maintain the potential of a utility service even without its use. Wires and pipes have to be installed and need to be maintained.
On the other hand a standing charge hardly encourages water or energy conservation, because it imposes a higher cost per unit on low users. So perhaps it's best if the standing charge was abolished.
Ofcom /Ofwat etc in their wisdom said standing charge was better for the consumer .
And we all know that those 2, especially OfcoN, are not there for the consumer.
But isn't the standing charge used for maintaining the infrastructure, pipes, sewers, drains etc so how will they do that if there is no/reduced funding?
I can give 2 examples of them being used in the past week (I am an electrical contractor and have to call Scottish Power to repair faults)
2 days ago
Found unsafe fuse carrier with live exposed parts- called Scottish Power faults and emergencies (Saturday afternoon about 3pm) and they were out within an hour and fixed it
Was carrying out an electrical job and noticed the supply tails were not adequate, called Scottish Power who were out within about an hour and they have passed the job to a contractor for a laterals upgrade.
Not bad for 28p per day