How the strategic review of charges 2002-06 casts a long shadow over future water charges in Scotland

Jim Cuthbert, Margaret Cuthbert, Brian Ashcroft (Editor)

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The findings of the research described in this paper are that there were significant errors made in the setting of water charges in 2002-06 in Scotland, such that there was substantial overcharging of customers. This will continue at a lesser extent over the period 2006-10. The amounts involved are large: total overcharging in cash terms is likely to be at least £650 million cumulatively over the eight year period from 2002 to 2010, and could well be close to £1 billion. This affects both households and businesses in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-46
Number of pages11
JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006



  • Fraser of Allander Institute
  • Scottish economy
  • utility pricing
  • water charges

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