THE implications of the Government’s proposed water bill are to be discussed in Chester-le-Street tomorrow.
The Consumer Council for Water’s northern region will question utilities about their views on the White Paper.
Spokeswoman Andrea Cook said: “The Consumer Council for Water broadly welcomes the White Paper’s aims as it addresses issues we have been working on behalf of consumers for, such as extending steps to protect more properties from sewer flooding.
However, in the current economic climate, many consumers are facing difficulties in paying for their water and sewerage services.
“The white paper reflects the Government’s approach of enabling water companies to begin developing their own social tariffs to help alleviate these problems.
“We are concerned that, on their own, these customer-funded initiatives will not be enough to address affordability and ensure customers are helped wherever they live.”
Members of the public can attend the meeting, from 10am at Durham Cricket Club’s Riverside ground.