Modest rise in Scottish charges

Scottish Water’s charges will rise this April for the first time in four years - but below the rate of inflation.

The combined water supply and waste water collection charges for the 2.4 million households across Scotland will increase by a below inflation 2.8 per cent, the first increase since 2009. The level of increase is based on the Retail Price Index in October of 3.2 per cent and is agreed with the economic regulator, the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

The average Scottish Water charge for households across Scotland in 2013/14 will be around £334. Water charges in Scotland are expected to continue to be around £50 below the average household charge for customers of the private water companies in England and Wales.