Scottish Water charges to rise in April

Scottish Water's charges will rise by 2.8 per cent from April 1, 2013.

Scottish Water's charges will rise by 2.8 per cent from April 1, 2013.

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Water charges in Scotland are to go up for the first time in four years.

Scottish Water’s combined water supply and waste water collection charges will go up by 2.8 per cent from April 1.

The increase, which is below the rate of inflation, is the first imposed on households in Scotland since 2009, and is based on the retail price index (RPI) measure of inflation of 3.2 per cent in October.

The scale of the increase has been agreed with the industry’s economic regulator, the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and means the average Scottish Water charge for households across Scotland in 2013/14 will be around £334.

Douglas Millican, Scottish Water’s interim chief executive, said: “Our customers are continuing to see value in the charges they pay and improved service.

“The quality of our drinking water is the best it has ever been, we are continuing to improve the natural environment across Scotland, cutting water leaking from our pipes and customer service is continuing to improve.

“We believe these charges are a fair deal for our customers in these challenging economic conditions.

“These charges are helping to pay for the current £2.5 billion investment programme which is delivering the investment that Scotland needs in its water infrastructure while providing thousands of construction jobs. Millions of people are turning on their taps to clearer, fresher drinking water, enjoying a cleaner environment and receiving improved customer service as a result.”

The combined water supply and waste water collection charges in Scotland in 2013-14 will be as follows.

Council tax band A £269.64; band B £314.58; band C £359.52; band D £404.46; band E £494.34; band F £584.22; band G £674.10; band H £808.92.

Scottish Water is holding a consultation on the future of water and waste water services in Scotland until the end of February; to find out more and to have your say, click on the link to the right of this article.