Iain Donaldson calls for “disgraceful” 8% water bill hike to be scrapped.

Water bills in Rochdale are set to be hiked by 8% by United Utilities.

It means Rochdale’s residents will be paying an extra £35 a year.

Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate in the upcoming Rochdale by-election has called for the “disgraceful” hike to be scrapped.

Liberal Democrat Candidate in the Rochdale By-election, Iain Donaldson, has called for United Utilities to scrap their near 8% water bill hike and have said that there should be “no price rises until water firms scrap insulting overseas dividends and executive bonuses”.

Figures which forecast water bill price changes have shown that in Rochdale water bills are expected to rise by £35 a year for 2024/25. It means United Utilities will be hiking up bills by almost 8%, above the current rate of inflation, for the coming year.

Donaldson has slammed the move as “disgraceful" and has said there should be “no price rises until water firms scrap insulting overseas dividends and exec bonuses”.

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Rochdale, Iain Donaldson, said:

“There should be no price increases whilst water companies are handing out dividends to their international shareholders and giving eye-watering bonuses to their executives.

“These proposed price increases are utterly disgraceful and a slap in the face to the people of Rochdale who have to put up with filthy sewage being pumped into our rivers.

“How United Utilities can look at people in our community and ask them to pay more for their water bills when the Roche, Beale and Spodden have been pumped full of sewage is absurd and an insult to everyone who has to put up with this filth.

“Bonuses and dividends to foreign investors should be going into our creaking infrastructure, not lining water company bosses' pockets.”

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Iain Donaldson calls for “disgraceful” 8% water bill hike to be scrapped.
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