Water retail services competition in England and Wales: Still Hobson's choice?

Monday, 25 July 2011

Water retail services competition in England and Wales: Still Hobson's choice?

Synopsis

Water Retail Services Competition in England and Wales recommends that vertically-integrated local water monopolies should be partially broken up, with businesses and public sector organisations given the right to choose their water retail suppliers. It finds agreement between a range of cost benefit analyses that opening up the England and Wales water retail services market would give large net benefits – between £600 million and £2.5 billion, even without taking into account customer service benefits and water saving.

Impact

8 December 2011

Proposals from this report for enabling businesses and public sector services to buy their supplies from any water company in the country have been taken forward in DEFRA's Water for Life White Paper.

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