ISLE OF WIGHT WATER BILLS COULD HIT NEARLY £1,000 A YEAR AMID PROPOSED 91% HIKE

The Isle of Wight could see the highest water bills in England within the next 5 years – topping almost £1,000 a year – if Southern Water’s plans to hike bills by a whopping 91% are approved.

The shock figure has come to light thanks to the Consumer Council for Water, which has listed the proposed increases by water companies up and down the country.

Between now and 2030, Southern Water wants to see the average bill rise to around £915 a year, from £479 that households are paying in 2024, to help fund infrastructure investment which would include reducing the use of storm overflows.

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The massive hike is also said to be required to safeguard water supplies for a rapidly growing population.

Nothing is set in stone yet with initial approval set to be made on 12th June, with finalised figures by the end of the year.

It’s entirely possible that Ofwat, the governing body, will knock back plans and ask Southern Water to reduce their 91% hike towards a more sensible 50% – but that would still mean a massive utility bill hike for Isle of Wight households.

Katy Taylor, Southern Water’s Chief Customer Officer, has said:

“We share everyone’s concerns about rising payments in the face of a cost-of-living crisis.

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“That’s why we continue to support customers who need help to pay their bills, offering 156,000 households a minimum 45 per cent discount.

“The water needs of our water-stressed region pose a unique set of challenges which require significant investment, to reduce the use of storm overflows, safeguard water supplies for a rapidly growing population, and protect the environment.

“We have put forward billing options to Ofwat and these will be decided by the regulator in due course.”

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Unbelievable Jeff
Unbelievable Jeff
25 days ago

When are we going to say enough is enough and make a stand. If every single person stopped paying their bill then Southern Water would have no alternative but to rethink. Perhaps we start a boycott

noname
noname
Reply to  Unbelievable Jeff
25 days ago

google boycottwaterbills .com

Zippy
Zippy
Reply to  Unbelievable Jeff
25 days ago

Trouble being you would need a huge amount of unified support, and that would be like herding cats.

Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
Reply to  Unbelievable Jeff
25 days ago

The water privatisation fiasco has run its course. You can’t privatise a bunch of monopolies when there is obviously no competition. The whole thing has been an appalling game with billions taken from customers to hand out to shareholders while the service goes down the toilet. Obviously, there has been little investment in improving services and the existing infrastructure is crumbling. This is just a total disaster and water companies should be put back in the hands of the state.

Last edited 25 days ago by Gary Cooper
Tony
Tony
25 days ago

It as done 750 years since the last peasants revolt, about time for another.

stuart derry
stuart derry
Reply to  Tony
25 days ago

If we were French it would’ve happened a long time ago, us British love being controlled by moron politicians

Upton Spark
Upton Spark
25 days ago

Criminal, the real crooks are not behind bars
they run our lives.
Buxton spring is much cheaper.

Gaz B.Sc.
Gaz B.Sc.
25 days ago

Safeguard water supplies my arse. It’s to safeguard bosses and share holders

pcw
pcw
25 days ago

Share Holders come first remember!!!

Demon D.
Demon D.
25 days ago

Well, the bosses luxury holidays aren’t going to pay for themselves. Best make the peasants pay more so their fun won’t get spoiled.

Betty swollocks
Betty swollocks
25 days ago

As someone who worked in the water industry. Do Southern Water not think that they should cut the ridiculous amounts of money that are paid to shareholders? And invest the money where it is most needed, instead of topping up the jolly old boys bank balances. Don’t they realise that people are struggling just to survive from day to day. I expect all the shareholders are sitting round the table with the chairman shouting hip hip hurrah!

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
25 days ago

With any luck we can pay more and get the squits too. Bonus!

Voice of reason
Voice of reason
25 days ago

First of all scrap dividends to shareholders, it is daylight robbery. This country is like a cesspool like the water SW supposedly are in charge of.

Zippy
Zippy
Reply to  Voice of reason
25 days ago

Southern Water have been banned from paying out dividends since 2017. They can, however, pay out bonuses.

James
James
25 days ago

How much have they paid out to shareholders and ceos? If Thatcher was never here, that would already have been spent on the infrastructure.

Chris
Chris
25 days ago

Judging by the comments on this article, there are quite a lot of us to prepared to ‘just say no’. If we all refuse to pay our bills, what can they do? It would take years to get through the courts – and the prisons are all full anyway!

Dangermouse
Dangermouse
25 days ago

91% isn’t going to get the go ahead that’s the first thing. Secondly your already paying less than when it was nationalised. Finally private companies make a profit, get over it.

Zippy
Zippy
25 days ago

Suppose they can’t decrease bonuses to pay for all the infrastructure upgrades required, they can just pass the buck to customers!

Last edited 25 days ago by Zippy
karen
karen
25 days ago

Ah, if only we had a government committed to regulation for water, transport, energy etc.

islander
islander
Reply to  karen
25 days ago

what you mean is a nanny state that panders to the whiny spongers,rather than supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of business owners, where the best service goes to those that can pay

James T
James T
Reply to  islander
25 days ago

Except water companies have regional monopolies, you can’t shop around like for car insurance…

Eat The Rich
Eat The Rich
Reply to  islander
25 days ago

Water is a basic human right not a business opportunity.

Know it all
Know it all
25 days ago

Suggestion. Stop silly wages and bonuses for ineffective bosses Stop or be more realistic with shareholder pay-outs. Shareholder pay-outs has been the death of public services, its all ,MONEY,MONEY

Gaz B.Sc.
Gaz B.Sc.
25 days ago

Don’t foget if the charges for water go up to this greedy amount, so will the rip off cost for returning grey water to the sewer for treatment, wihich we are being screwed out of because it is being dumped in the sea instead, and every tory minister voted for it. We are being crapped on yet again

fred
fred
25 days ago

Welcome to Tory Britain where we can’t afford the free stuff that falls from the sky. Tories sold everything off including the kitchen sink. We have no country, we’re just renting the UK from other countries. The Tories done what Hitler could not, and has giving our country away.

Clive56
Clive56
25 days ago

While I’m not in favour of nationalising everything I do think there is a need in this case, perhaps I can get some Africans to come and do a water bore hole in my garden.

bobthebuilder
bobthebuilder
25 days ago

Im seriously thinking about selling up and fucking off, this bastard country is a fucking joke..

Peter Piper
Peter Piper
Reply to  bobthebuilder
25 days ago

Go on and do us all a favour.

G117
G117
25 days ago

Another nail in the coffin for hardworking islanders in RIP OFF Britain. Money won’t be invested and will line the pockets of fat cat bosses and shareholders.

 

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