Smooth sailing for Scottish water

7 May 2008
More news

08 May 2008 | Paul Snell

The Scottish water regulator is confident about the future success of competition in the country.

Alan Sutherland, chief executive of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS), told SM it can avoid the problems its counterparts in England and Wales experienced when opening up the utility to competition.

Water and sewerage services in the country were opened to competition on 1 April and the number of business that have already changed supplier is expected to reach three figures this week.

"The framework in place is about as different as you can get," Sutherland said. He explained there are no regulations requiring a certain amount of water to be used before companies are eligible to switch supplier, such as those in England and Wales. This means more than 100,000 firms are eligible to change supplier. An independent industry body, the Central Market Agency, has been set up to handle the changes.

Wholesale prices have also been regulated so new licensees can earn a fair margin. The WICS has already approved five licences from Scottish firms to provide services. Sutherland said they were attracted by the level playing field.

SMmay2008

LATEST
JOBS
Hounslow, Heathrow /Richmond upon Thames
Competitive salary depending on experience plus generous share award
Tails.com
London
GBP40000 - GBP50000 per annum + Excellent Benefits Package
Bramwith Consulting
SEARCH JOBS
CIPS Knowledge
Find out more with CIPS Knowledge:
  • best practice insights
  • guidance
  • tools and templates
GO TO CIPS KNOWLEDGE