\”Water poverty\” will become the new fuel poverty for an increasing number of households as scarcity of supply pushes up bills, according to an influential thinktank that says Britain must deal urgently with climate change.
A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, one of the largest social policy research-and-development charities, says that low-income households are at particular risk because of new methods being introduced to increase the efficient use and distribution of water. It defines \”water poverty\” as when households spend 3% or more of their income on water bills.
Blimey, have you ever seen such a mish mash of logical idiocy in your life?
Assume, for a moment, that the basic premise is correct: that climate change will mean water shortages.
Great, so what do we do about this?
Yup, we have to price water properly:
Water companies are moving away from flat-rate fees to new charging models that bill customers with steadily higher prices according to how much water they use.
Excellent, tiered prices. Basic allowance at cheapo prices, you want to start watering the 10 acre paddock you pay a fortune. Great, just what the economist ordered.
So, umm, JRF are actually complaining about the very solution to the problem they identify.
It\’s all a bit of a let down from the early days, isn\’t it? JR himself, when he saw that there was no decent cheap housing went and built some. His fortune is now used to complain about actually solving problems.