Water bills

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Thames Water’s extra £1.1bn will do little to steady the sinking ship
The debt-riddled firm has updated its five-year spending plans but still needs to convince the regulator and investors

Alex Lawson

22, Apr, 2024 @4:21 PM

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Thames Water has six weeks to agree survival plan with Ofwat
While the company believes it has cash to last 15 months, it will have to move fast to stave off insolvency

Anna Isaac City editor

14, Apr, 2024 @2:59 PM

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Thames Water is everyone’s problem and time is running out to fix it
Ailing water company hopes higher bills can save it, but that depends on Ofwat agreeing its salvage plans are workable

Anna Isaac

14, Apr, 2024 @2:33 PM

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Household bills rise sharply despite easing energy costs
Rates for phone, broadband and water will increase from Monday and other increases are in the pipeline

Jack Simpson

01, Apr, 2024 @4:00 AM

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Council tax, broadband, and dental charges: how to weather the April price rises
There’s been some good news about inflation falling, but be warned: there are still big price hikes around the corner

Miles Brignall

30, Mar, 2024 @8:00 AM

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Michael Gove has ‘zero sympathy’ for ‘arrogant’ Thames Water in funding crisis – as it happened
Live, rolling coverage of business, economics and financial markets as minister says water company’s leadership has been a ‘disgrace’

Jasper Jolly

28, Mar, 2024 @3:41 PM

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Water firms’ profits in England and Wales almost double since 2019, find Lib Dems
Party to call for measures to stop companies prioritising profit over environment at spring conference

Helena Horton Environment reporter

15, Mar, 2024 @7:00 AM

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How much of your water bill is swallowed up by company debt? – interactive
Analysis shows that 28% of Thames’ customer bills were spent servicing debt, as the company lobbies for more

Anna Leach, Carmen Aguilar García, Rich Cousins, Ellen Wishart and Sandra Laville

28, Feb, 2024 @11:25 AM

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Thames Water lobbying government to let it increase bills by 40%
UK’s largest water company also calls for dividend payouts and lower fines for breaches to avoid taxpayer bailout

Jack Simpson

28, Feb, 2024 @9:20 AM

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Thames Water charged me for enough water to make 1m cups of tea
Even though the supplier acknowledges the problem, it hasn’t done anything

Zoe Wood

13, Feb, 2024 @7:00 AM

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Thames Water forecasts more leaks over next two years than predicted
Revision will pile further pressure on firm to invest in infrastructure amid anger over its sewage-dumping record

Alex Lawson

12, Feb, 2024 @4:40 PM

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Ofwat’s scheme to fine poorly performing companies ‘a gimmick’
Lib Dems dismiss plan saying water fines need to go to consumers rather than to the Treasury

Helena Horton Environment reporter

12, Feb, 2024 @12:01 AM

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