Water and sewerage bills to rise by £28 a year in England and Wales and by £36 a year in Scotland

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edited 8 February at 11:26AM in Water bills
The majority of households in England, Scotland and Wales will see water bills rise from April. However, prices vary depending on where you live and not everyone will see an increase.

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Water and sewerage bills to rise by £28 a year in England and Wales and by £36 a year in Scotland – here's what's happening where you live

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  • frosch411
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    Personally, I think this is outrageous given the poor performance of water companies.
    Weren't they being issued 7-figure penalties that were meant to actually lower consumer bills?
  • Kim_13
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    Wessex were said to be the second most expensive company for many years and still get to impose one of the biggest increases. On these figures they are now worse than South West Water before the government contribution!
  • PThomas_2
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    Just had my bill for the past 6 months, South West Water, the charges for sewage are almost twice the cost of providing fresh water. Yet, I regularly receive alerts of sewage discharge from SWW into the local rivers and sea. Absolutely appalling that they can get away with such a high cost AND very poor service!
  • MattMattMattUK
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    PThomas_2 said:
    Just had my bill for the past 6 months, South West Water, the charges for sewage are almost twice the cost of providing fresh water. Yet, I regularly receive alerts of sewage discharge from SWW into the local rivers and sea. Absolutely appalling that they can get away with such a high cost AND very poor service!
    The cost is not high though, we actually do not pay enough, even if one ignored the cost of dividend payments and executive bonuses we still do not pay enough to properly fund the investment needed in the water supply and sewerage treatment systems. 
  • gamblek
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    Thames Water have hit us with a 12.6% increase on our one-bedroom London flat's bill. That's a rise of £49.89 since 2023. The MSE article about water price hikes, listed that Thames would increase by 3%, that's a massive undervaluation compared to 12.6%. How can Thames Water justify this, and is it possible to dispute this increase? 
  • Hi,

    I'd like to know how Molly worked out the price increases. In the table it states that Severn Trent customers would rise by 7%. I've just received our bill and it has risen 15.5% and we are low users in a 2 bed semi-detached house. Why such a difference?
  • MattMattMattUK
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    gamblek said:
    Thames Water have hit us with a 12.6% increase on our one-bedroom London flat's bill. That's a rise of £49.89 since 2023. The MSE article about water price hikes, listed that Thames would increase by 3%, that's a massive undervaluation compared to 12.6%. How can Thames Water justify this, and is it possible to dispute this increase? 
    Thames Water themselves say prices are rising by 12.3% in April. They explain why the prices are being increased, what the additional revenue is going to be spend on and it has all been signed off by Ofwat. No it is not possible to dispute the increase. 
  • MattMattMattUK
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    Hi,

    I'd like to know how Molly worked out the price increases. In the table it states that Severn Trent customers would rise by 7%. I've just received our bill and it has risen 15.5% and we are low users in a 2 bed semi-detached house. Why such a difference?
    If your usage has not changed and unless you use nearly no water st all I cannot see how 15.5% would be possible. The largest increases are for unmetered users, metered and assessed charges have risen by around half of unmetered costs. 

    Are you metered, assessed or unmetered and if you are metered is your usage the same or has it risen?
  • mr_accountant
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    edited 27 February at 3:24PM
    I wish it was only up by £26 mine has increased £88, a 13.7% increase outrageous severn trent 
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