People can get up to 90 per cent off their water bills as the cost of living rises. 

People across the region can access a £30 million support fund being launched today (Wednesday, May 25) by Severn Trent.

The water company has pledged to support an extra 100,000 customers who are struggling to pay their water bills.

The funds are available to those on low incomes.

Liv Garfield, Severn Trent CEO, said: “As cost of living pressures continue to rise, we’re acting now to support people struggling to pay their bills.

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"Our customers have the second lowest bill in the UK, at around £1 per day, but we know that for some, paying this remains a challenge. 

“I’m pleased to announce a commitment today to help thousands more people on low incomes to reduce their water bill by up to 90%.”

Emma Clancy, Chief Executive of the Consumer Council for Water (CCW), said: “No one should have to worry about being to afford their water bill so we’re delighted to see Severn Trent putting its hand in its own pocket to help thousands more low-income households at a time of real crisis for many people.


“Our independent review of water affordability set out a clear path to ending people’s worries over water bills and with the support of companies like Severn Trent and the wider water sector we can ensure people struggling to pay always get the help they need when they need it most.”

David Black, Ofwat CEO said: "No one should have to choose between paying for water and paying for food.

"We're pleased to see Severn Trent recognising the increased pressure facing customers and acting now to help those struggling in water poverty.

"Other companies should look to do more to respond to the cost of living worries and we will be issuing new guidelines to signal the increased expectations of Ofwat and the public."