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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): The work of Ofwat

Industry and Regulators Committee
The work of Ofwat

Tuesday 6 September 2022

Start times: 10.30am (private) 10.30am (public)


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Committee to discuss water sector with former Ofwat Chair  

The Industry and Regulators Committee will continue its inquiry into the work of Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water industry for England and Wales, with former Ofwat Chair Jonson Cox. The Committee will discuss how to ensure future water supply in the context of the ongoing drought in many areas of England and Wales, and question whether the Government and the regulator achieve the right balance between allowing environmental investment and ensuring consumer bills are affordable, as well as how to support those struggling to pay their water bills. The Committee will also consider the performance of water companies and whether the regulator has held them to account sufficiently.

Meeting details

At 10.30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The work of Ofwat
Chair at Port of London Authority

Possible questions include:

  • What sorts of strategic solutions are needed to ensure future water supply? Should solutions such as compulsory water metering and water transfers be considered?
  • How does Ofwat find a balance between allowing water companies to invest in the environment and ensuring consumer bills remain affordable? Is more guidance needed from the Government in this area?
  • Should a single social tariff be introduced covering all water companies in England and Wales, so that the same support for those struggling to pay their bills is available regardless of postcode?
  • Do water companies truly fear the consequences of regulatory action, and if so, is this fear a financial or merely reputational one? Are stronger sanctions needed for failing companies?

Location

Room 2, Palace of Westminster

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