LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron will take action to help households struggling to meet rising water bills, his spokesman said on Friday in a signal that Britain’s biggest water companies will face greater political scrutiny over pricing.
His comments indicated that water supplies could join energy companies at the centre of a political row over the rising cost of living ahead of an election in 2015.
“There’ll be some progress next week on water bills,” the spokesman told a press briefing. “The prime minister wants to see household expenditure being brought down.”
He declined to give any further details.
The soaring cost of everything from gas to train tickets has shot up the political agenda since the return of economic growth forced the opposition Labour party to shift its line of attack to the decline in real incomes that has squeezed voters. Defra, the government department in charge of water, confirmed the moves.