yorkshire water no help if you annual bill is under 400 a year

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money  saving site   which stated there is help for people on low incomes  and water bills  rang yorkshire water  that is not the case at all . help starts  when u have an annual water bill of 400  pounds or more .mine is 300  for year ..no support at all.

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  • Merlin139Merlin139 Forumite
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    Look for ways to save money by using less water. 

    Tips taken from OFWAT site.

    There are many ways that you can save water around your home. You may find the following tips helpful.

    1. Use a bowl in the sink when washing fruit, vegetables of dishes. You can then use the waste water to water your plants.
    2. Fill a jug of water and put it in the fridge for when you want a cool drink.
    3. Turn off the tap when you clean your teeth. A running tap uses up to nine litres of water a minute.
    4. Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or your dishwasher. Some new washing machines use less than seven litres of water for each kilogramme of clothes, while modern dishwashers can us as little as 10 to 15 litres of water a cycle.
    5. If possible, take a shower instead of a bath. A five-minute shower uses about 40 litres of water. This is about half the volume of a standard bath.
    6. Use a water-saving device in your toilet cistern. Depending on the size of your cistern, you could save between one and three litres each time you flush the toilet.
    7. Using a watering can in the garden instead of a sprinkler or a hosepipe. Garden sprinklers and hosepipes left running can use between 500 and 1,000 litres of water an hour.
    8. Think about fitting a water butt to collect rainwater off your roof. Water butts usually store about 200 litres of water. As well as being better for watering your plants, using rainwater in the garden reduces the amount of treated water you use.
    9. Check your property regularly for leaks on your internal plumbing.
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  • pochasepochase Forumite
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    First question is do you have a water meter?

    Otherwise the above tips will not help you. How big is your house and how many people?

  • VegastareVegastare Forumite
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    In Wales it is income based - benefit based so State Pension/ pension credits would be around £266 according to website per year.

    Yorkshire Water really is not playing the game. makes you wonder how much regional differences there are.
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    Vegastare said:
    In Wales it is income based - benefit based so State Pension/ pension credits would be around £266 according to website per year.

    Yorkshire Water really is not playing the game. makes you wonder how much regional differences there are.
    Wales is benefit based, not income based if that low income household does not claim benefits. YW has a few schemes, and does cover those on benefits who are struggling.
    Most of the help schemes UK wide are limited to benefit claiming households, it is what it is. With 57% of households claiming benefits in Yorkshire they have to draw a line somewhere.
    If the OP cannot afford their water bills and gets into arrears there are other schemes to help in that situation.

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    edited 4 May at 4:19PM
    Vegastare said:


    Yorkshire Water really is not playing the game. makes you wonder how much regional differences there are.
    I imagine a lot.
    In Scotland you get charged (£1k+) to opt for a meter to even find out if you would benefit from being metered as a low user ... As such it would take you many years to recover the cost of going onto the meter in the first place. Everyone else pays based on the annual full charge (single person households get a 25% deduction, collection is done by councils along with your council charge so Council Tax Reduction Benefit may also apply if you qualify). 
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