Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the confirmation that Scottish Water will freeze household water charges f, making it the fourth year in a row where the average charge has remained at £324.
Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:
“This continuing freeze in domestic water charges clearly demonstrates why it is so essential that Scottish Water remains in public hands. Scotland has some of the lowest water charges in the UK, which is more important than ever at a time when household budgets are stretched.
“By having kept household charges frozen for four years, Scottish Water have clearly recognised the importance of putting money back into the pockets of ordinary people in the same way that the Scottish Government has through our continued Council Tax freeze. Compare that to the situation in the rest of the UK where some companies are planning to bring in price hikes of up to 10% this spring.
“Privatisation of water companies has been a disaster for the consumer south of the border, which is why Scottish Water’s continued role as a publicly owned utility is safe in the SNP’s hands.”