Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara campaigns against unfair water charges for clubs and churches

WaterBarbara is now seeing some success in her campaign on behalf of local sports and community organisations and churches, which were hit hard when United Utilities recently made big changes to their charges for water drainage.

Commenting on her campaign to stop the extra charges, Barbara said:

“Over the last few weeks I have talked about these damaging new charges to Government Ministers like Andy Burnham and the Minister responsible for water services, Huw Irranca-Davies.

The campaign in Parliament has helped ensure that both United Utilities and the regulator, OFWAT, know about the disastrous effect the new system is having on local sports clubs and community groups across the North West.

“United Utilities’ recently made a decision to freeze charges at 2008/09 rates but this will not help those organisations which have already had big increases in their bills. However, it does show that our message is getting through. The next step for United Utilities is to reverse the big increase in drainage costs which they brought in last year. I will carry on campaigning to make sure this happens.

“If United Utilities doesn’t take action, Ministers have said that they will legislate to stop the unfair charges. We need a different system of drainage charging which exempts sports clubs, churches and small community organisations from big increases. Clubs like Little Hulton Cricket Club make an important contribution to our communities and I will not stand by and let them be treated unfairly.”

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