Help for Croydonians having difficulty paying water bills

As inequalities and low income grow in Croydon more and more people are likely to be having difficulties paying their water and sewerage bills. Companies are not allowed to disconnect this vital essential.

It has taken many years of pressure by the Water regulator Ofwat and consumer groups to get the companies to adopt ‘social tariffs’ to provide help. 

Thames Water  runs the water supply to the northern and central part of Croydon across to New Addington, while Sutton and East Surrey Water which much of the southern part of Croydon already has social tariff schemes.

The Consumer Council for Water continues to work with companies on the development and acceptability testing of proposals for customer funded social tariffs. As a result of this work a further seven companies, Dŵr Cymru, Anglian, Southern, Severn Trent, Yorkshire, United Utilities and South East Water launched customer funded schemes this month.  In addition Northumbrian Water and Essex and Suffolk Water have launched a cost neutral social tariff which is fully funded within existing cost allowances.

Summary details of all the schemes can be seen at http://www.ccwater.org.uk/savewaterandmoney/lower-bills-for-customers-struggling-to-pay

Sutton & East Surrey scheme:

http://www.waterplc.com/pages/home/your-bill-and-account/help-paying-your-bill/social-tariff

Thames scheme

http://www.thameswater.co.uk/your-account/17801.htm

Sutton and East Surrey water supply area map

 https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z_v1ichjy9xw.krVxQ0qVZqJw&hl=en

Cloudy Water in Coulsdon area

Sutton and East Surrey has been dealing with cloudy water supply in the Coulsdon area. The update on the remedial works dated 10 March can be seen at

http://www.waterplc.com/pages/news/current-projects/coulsdon/default.asp

 

Advertisements

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s