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Average water bill could rise by £30 under proposed industry settlement

Consumer body calls on regulator Ofwat to toughen proposed price controls given one in five households struggling to pay bills

Consumer champions have warned that average water bills will rise by about £30 over the next five years following a new proposed settlement between the industry and the regulator.

The Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) argues that the industry watchdog, Ofwat, should toughen up its proposed price controls given that one in five households are struggling to pay their bills already.

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