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OLDHAM SEEKS WATER METER RULE

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Oldham MBC will challenge North West Water and water regulator Ofwat in the High Court over the installation of pre...
Oldham MBC will challenge North West Water and water regulator Ofwat in the High Court over the installation of pre-payment water meters.

The council is one of a group of local authorities arguing that the devices should be declared unlawful because once they have been installed the water company does not have to apply to the courts before cutting customers off.

A judicial review on 21 July will consider Oldham's case. If successful, it could open the way for several other councils to bring their cases to court.

Social development sub-committee chairman Howard Sutcliffe said the council's concern was that pre-payment meters bypassed the process whereby vulnerable people could gain help from social services to prevent their water being cut off.

'We are very concerned that the devices hit low income families hardest because once their emergency credit runs out they are automatically cut off,' Mr Sutcliffe said.
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