Frank Field MP
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Are you paying too much for your water?


I am writing to ask your help for the next stage of my campaign against rip-off Britain.

Earlier this year, I uncovered the shocking premium levied by the energy companies on poorer households who pay for their gas and electricity using a prepayment meter. Following my campaign, EDF Energy broke cover to offer a two-year price freeze for all new and existing customers on a meter.

I am now looking into the practices used by the water companies, to find out whether our poorer households are getting another kicking from the big boys. Remember, we don’t have the luxury of being able to switch water suppliers.

One of the main concerns I have is that, because of their patterns of consumption, poorer families living in smaller homes may be paying more for their water on a meter than if they were able to opt for unmeasured bills. I understand that meters are a more cost effective way for people living in larger properties to pay for their water, but that unmeasured bills based on property values may be cheaper for families living in smaller properties.


The Consumer Council for Water has a calculator which tells you whether you’d be better off with or without a meter. You can find the calculator at


If you decide to give it a go, might I please ask whether you could email me at, or write to me at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, to let me know what the results are?

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