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Water Charges

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average proportion of income spent on water charges by households in (a) the bottom decile, (b) the bottom 50 per cent. and (c) the highest decile for household income in (i) 1990, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2008. (286302)

This information is held by the Office for National Statistics. The average percentage of income spent on water charges by households is provided in the following table.

Water bills as a percentage of household disposable income1United Kingdom

Percentage of income for group names

Bottom decile group2

Bottom 50 per cent2

Top decile group2

2000-01

3.5

1.8

0.5

2006-07

3.5

1.9

0.5

1 Unequivalised household disposable income.

2 Ranked by equivalised disposable income.

2006-07 is the latest period for which estimates are currently available. The next publication is scheduled for 29 July and will cover the period 2007-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many customers of each water supply company were on a vulnerable groups tariff in each of the last three year. (286472)

The number of customers on a vulnerable groups tariff in each of the last three years by water company is set out in the following table.

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Anglian and Hartlepool Water

904

3,385

3,068

Dwr Cymru

580

899

1,070

United Utilities

1,565

2,286

2,551

Northumbrian and Essex and Suffolk

898

1,077

1,403

Severn Trent

1,508

2,385

3,399

South West

3,857

5,837

6,782

Southern

280

197

641

Thames

2,053

2,333

2,747

Wessex

751

837

972

Yorkshire and York

1,663

2,090

2,702

Bournemouth and West Hampshire

222

274

381

Bristol

478

511

620

Cambridge

108

128

163

Dee Valley

36

73

83

Folkestone

106

176

270

Portsmouth

30

43

73

South East Water (incl. Mid Kent)

143

249

1156

South East Water (excl. Mid Kent Water)

102

97

Mid Kent Water

41

152

South Staffs

198

259

364

Sutton and East Surrey

91

110

113

Tendring Hundred

425

468

533

Three Valleys

316

504

788

Industry

16,212

24,121

28,723

1 In 2008-09 Mid Kent merged with South East Water

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of average monthly cost to (a) metered and (b) unmetered consumers of (i) water supply and (ii) sewerage services in each (A) water supply area and (B) region in 2007-08. (286470)

Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sector in England and Wales, does not hold data for the average metered and unmetered water and sewerage bills broken down by month and region.

The following table sets out the average annual bills for 2007-08 in 2009-10 prices.

Information on 2009-10 water and sewerage bills is available from the Ofwat website at:

www.ofwat.gov.uk

The average annual unmetered and metered, water and sewerage bills for 2007-08 (in 2009-10 prices)

Unmetered water

Metered water

Unmetered sewerage

Metered sewerage

Combined unmeasured

Combined measured

Combined total water and total sewerage

Water and sewerage companies

Anglian

204

149

247

188

451

336

381

Dwr Cymru

184

119

246

164

430

284

390

North West

171

151

200

177

371

327

361

Northumbrian (incl. Essex and Suffolk)

Northumbrian

138

109

175

142

314

250

302

Essex and Suffolk

193

138

Severn Trent

157

135

148

143

305

278

297

South West

257

163

433

227

690

391

506

Southern

131

119

245

191

376

310

353

Thames

188

160

121

109

309

269

299

Wessex

217

163

214

174

431

337

395

Yorkshire (incl. York)

160

133

178

145

339

278

319

Water only companies

Bournemouth and West Hampshire

161

130

Bristol

158

136

Cambridge

132

116

Dee Valley

141

102

Folkestone and Dover

223

161

Mid Kent

186

133

Portsmouth

91

82

South East

191

142

South Staffs

124

116

Sutton and East Surrey

178

144

Tendring Hundred

214

152

Three Valleys (incl. North Surrey)

168

144

Note:

Figures may not total due to rounding