Council tenants could tap into water savings, says Greens
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Environment
Water bill payers set to benefit from affordability pilot
Norwich City Council has agreed to take more action to promote the use of water meters amongst it tenants following calls from Green Party councillors.
The Green Party understands that some of the council's tenants may be paying double what they could be if they had a meter.
For the 75% of tenants without meters, the council charges a rate of £10-£12.50 as part of the rent bill. But some tenants who live alone have been told by Anglia Water that if they switched to a meter this rate would drop to around £5 a week.
Green councillor Amy Stammers said: “A lot of people are really struggling to make ends meet at the moment and an extra £5 a week would be very useful."
According to the Greens, single occupants are particularly likely to save money with a meter.
Cllr Stammers added: "It’s promising that the council has an information leaflet to promote water meters online, but I asked if more can be done and they are now going to put an article in the June edition of the tenants news magazine, and they are going to put an information flyer out to all tenants with their next quarterly rent statements."
Green Party city councillor and shadow cabinet member for housing Ash Haynes said: “Tenants who live alone are already disproportionately hit by rising heating bills and welfare reforms such as the bedroom tax.
"Some of these tenants could save hundreds of pounds per year by getting meters installed. If even one of the 16 tenants evicted in the last year due to rent arrears could have been saved from eviction it would be worth the effort.”