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Plea for £8.5M United Utilities fine to go to poor

The Consumer Council for Water has asked for the £8.5M fine imposed on United Utilities to go to help the company's poorest customers.
The fine, imposed by Ofwat, was for breaches of the regulations relating to trading arrangements with associate companies.The £8.5M is due to be paid today, but the region's water watchdog is pressing for the money to be used to fund initiatives to help vulnerable customers who struggle to pay their water and sewerage charges.Andrea Cook, Chairman of the Consumer Council for Water North West said, 'We believe that there are more innovative ways in which this money could be used to address debt problems for the poorest water customers in the North West.'The money will be of little use to Treasury, but by supporting our proposal the Government could show that it is committed to doing something about water poverty,' she said.

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