Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:06


New analysis shows that households in Scotland have saved £1,000 in the last decade on water charges compared to Labour-run Wales.
The average annual household water charge in 2018/19 is £363 in Scotland, over 20% cheaper than Wales where consumers will be charged £439 this year, according to information provided by the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe).

Since the SNP took office in 2007, people in Scotland have paid a quarter less for their water bills than people in Wales, who have forked out an average of £5,012.
SNP MSP Gail Ross said:
“By keeping Scottish Water in public hands, the SNP has ensured that water bills have been over £1,000 lower here in Scotland compared to Labour-run Wales in the last decade.
“Not only are people in Scotland paying less for their water, they are also benefiting from some of the highest water quality standards in the world.
“The reality is that Labour will happily settle for Tory privatisation, austerity and Brexit Britain, while the SNP pursues a positive agenda for Scotland, keeping Scottish Water in public hands so that households continue paying less than they do in the rest of the UK.”
Notes to the editors 
SPICe analysis:  

  Scottish Water Average Welsh Water
2007/08 £297 £363
2008/09 £310 £386
2009/10 £324 £403
2010/11 £324 £397
2011/12 £324 £411
2012/13 £324 £427
2013/14 £334 £434
2014/15 £339 £440
2015/16 £346 £435
2016/17 £351 £438
2017/18 £357 £439
2018/19 £363 £439
  £3,993 £5,012
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