We are campaigning to end water poverty by implementing a single social tariff across England and Wales. Even before the economic impact of Covid-19, 1 in 10 households in England and Wales told us that they struggled to afford their water bill. Water companies do offer help through social tariffs, but this support is not consistent and the number of people who we think could qualify far exceeds the level of funding that is available.

There are also certain groups who are even more at risk of missing out on financial support with bills – the under 25s, over 75s and minority ethnic groups. We want to drive change to create a fairer system that offers meaningful help to everyone who struggles to pay their bills.

In 2022-23, this campaign will work with the water industry and decision-makers to gain support for legislation to implement a single social tariff. CCW will continue its action to end water poverty by 2030.