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    Consider the financially vulnerable, CCW urges the CMA

    Careful consideration should be given to the future affordability of water bills, the Consumer Council for Water (CCW) has told the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Steve Hobbs, Senior Policy Manager, reflects on the latest hearing. In a late-scheduled second hearing on 17 November, CCW was invited to provide additional evidence to the CMA, giving…

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    CMA: is the customer voice being heard?

    More customer engagement was carried out at PR19 than in any previous price review. But how has this translated into tangible outcomes for consumers, and is the CMA listening? CCW’s Mike Keil explores whether the customer voice is being heard as the appeal process continues. A step change in both the quality and quantity of…

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    Customer support must drive CMA decisions

    As the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) prepares to make final decisions over four water companies’ future plans, the Consumer Council for Water (CCW) warns that customers must not lose out on the service levels and investment they value most. Steve Hobbs, Senior Policy Manager at CCW, explains. Four water companies in England – Northumbrian…

  • PR19: Are bill-payers in for a shock?

    Claims that water bills could reduce by an average of 4% in 2020-25 may not be all they seem, with added extras creating an uncertain future for bill-payers. James Mackenzie, Policy Manager at the Consumer Council for Water, explains. Last autumn, water companies across England and Wales published their initial business plans for 2020-25, which…

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    PR19: Water companies can still do more on affordability

    In their business plans for 2020-25, water companies have certainly shown more ambition in improving their current offerings in the area of affordability. But do the proposals go far enough? Gemma Domican, Policy Manager at the Consumer Council for Water, shares the top three ways companies can do more. Over the past few years, CCWater…