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Shadow environment minister Luke Pollard told Utility Week that water needs to be higher on the political agenda and that ownership debates have meant other issues have been overlooked. He said Labour will campaign on river health, water and environmental pollution in the run up to the next election.
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Labour's renationalisation plans just got bigger, meaning even more uncertainty for utilities, writes Utility Week magazine editor Suzanne Heneghan
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SSE chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies has insisted the Labour Party’s nationalisation plans should treat energy networks differently to water because of the "huge difference" on performance issues. He also said Labour's plans would "significantly delay" the government's 2050 net zero target.
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As we launch our election 2019 call to a new government, Utility Week magazine editor, Suzanne Heneghan outlines why we need a manifesto for progress.
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While it will be business as usual for the utility sector over the next six weeks, there is already real concern in boardrooms around the uncertainty the general election has already created. Suzanne Heneghan looks at the key issues for the industry as we approach a crunch time for the country.
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The cost to the public of renationalising public utilities has been estimated as close to £200 billion - or the total income tax paid in a year. But the cost to pensions and savings trusts has now been calculated as £1000 per household. Those working in water companies with share schemes could fare even worse.
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Of the sectors that Labour has proposed to renationalise, water would be the most expensive - costing £90.4 billion - according to new figures from the Confederation of British Industry.
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Alan Simpson is the former Parliamentary ally and now sustainable economics adviser to Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. He talks to Utility Week about his anger at the abolition of feed in tariffs and why the UK needs to "replicate the Victorian system in an age of clean energy".
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