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Highland MSP Rhoda Grant voices anger at 'appalling' rise in water charges

By Tom Ramage

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Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has supported a motion tabled at Holyrood which calls on the Scottish Government to reverse its reported decision to increase water bills by 4.2%.

The motion, submitted by Labour MSP Jackie Baillie, asks for the decision to be reversed and, instead, asks that the Scottish Government freezes water prices at the 2021 level in order to help people in the grip of the cost of living crisis.

Mrs Grant, who last year called for a £100 water rebate to help struggling families, said the latest increase was unnecessary and would pile on the pressure families are already dealing with due to the energy price cap increase announced last week.

MSP Rhoda Grant has reminded the Scottish Government of the 'tumultuous' rise in the cost of living
MSP Rhoda Grant has reminded the Scottish Government of the 'tumultuous' rise in the cost of living

“It is completely unnecessary to increase water charges in this way," she said.

"Scottish Water has reserves of over £400 million of taxpayers money in its coffers so to introduce this rise, which is two per cent higher than the Consumer Price Index rate of inflation, beggars belief.

"It is another devastating blow to Scotland’s already stretched household budgets.

“This is a tumultuous time for everyone with the rises in the energy price cap, the interest rate, National Insurance and now this water rise, on the back of the financial impact of the pandemic suffered by many.

Mrs Grant concluded “This is an appalling decision from a Scottish Government who, day on day, continue to display blatant disregard for the circumstances households up and down the country are facing. This decision shows the SNP Government is not only out of touch, but out of control.

"They need to reverse this decision, and reverse it now.”

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