Sewage dumped in rivers as firms' shareholders clean up
The Independent|January 23, 2022
Labour has vowed to fix the “broken system” which has allowed water companies to cut the sums spent on keeping rivers clean from raw sewage while paying out huge dividends to shareholders.
ADAM FORREST

Households in England have paid up to £138 a year over the past decade to cover the cost of dividends at the country’s biggest water providers, according to Labour’s analysis of the firms’ financial figures.

Sir Keir Starmer’s party also highlighted research showing that the companies have cut investment in the wastewater and sewage network by more than £520m since the 1990s. Jim McMahon, the shadow environment secretary, told The Independent: “The system is clearly broken and the government is refusing to listen to Labour’s calls for higher fines for water companies … as well as a proper plan for reducing raw sewage being discharged.” The MP added: “Labour’s contract with the British people for prosperity, security and respect will see an end to sewage dumping to clean up our rivers, lakes and seas.”

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