Barbara has welcomed the announcement by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn that he will legislate to stop water companies increasing bills for local sports clubs, scout and guide groups, churches and community organisations.
Barbara has been campaigning for over a year on behalf of local sports clubs like Little Hulton Cricket Club, Scout and Guide groups, churches and other community organisations across Worsley constituency who have all been faced with unaffordable increases in their water bills from United Utilities.
Barbara raised the issue with Ofwat and with Environment Minister Huw Irranca-Davies and former Culture Secretary Andy Burnham and told them about the impact on local clubs and community groups. She also backed the Scout Association’s ‘Stop the Rain Tax’ campaign and spoke out at a special meeting in Westminster earlier this year.
“I have been campaigning against these increases on behalf of local sports clubs like Little Hulton Cricket Club and other community organisations across Worsley. They told me that they could not afford the increases in their bills and they were threatened with even larger bills in future. This would mean some of these valued organisations might not be able to carry on their work in our community.
“I welcome the decision by the Government to legislate to allow water companies like United Utilities to run concessionary schemes for these organisations so that can carry on doing a great job across Worsley.”
Barbara with scouts at a meeting in Westminster earlier in the year