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WATER BILLS TO ROCKET WITH METERING, SAYS STUDY

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A study by Barnardo's of an estate in Bradford where some families were water metered and some were not, showed tha...
A study by Barnardo's of an estate in Bradford where some families were water metered and some were not, showed that metered households were paying considerably more, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning. Families were shown to be cutting down on using water for hygiene purposes, such as sharing baths and less washing hands.

Senior director of Barnardo's Roger Singleton said: ' The price of water allowed in income support for water services is £2.25 per week. We found in our Bradford survey that families were paying nearly £8 per week.'

'Poorer families are suffering the greatest hardship because of benefit levels have not kept pace. If water prices are going to be allowed to rise, there is going to be no alternative to very poor families on income support than for the state to pay the cost in full.'
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