Anna Walker, Chief Executive of the Healthcare Commission, has been appointed to lead the independent Review of Household Charging and Metering for Water and Sewerage Services. The Review and its scope was announced earlier this year in Defra’s Water Strategy ‘Future Water’. Terms of reference outlined on 4 August include:

  • Examine the current system of charging households for water and sewerage services, and assess the effectiveness and fairness of current and alternative methods of charging;
  • Consider social, economic and environmental concerns; and
  • Make recommendations on any actions that should be taken to ensure that England and Wales has a sustainable and fair system of charging in place. This could include changes to current legislation and guidance.

The announcement has been welcomed by Water UK and CCW amongst others.