Rishi Sunak is considering compensation for hose ban


Rishi Sunak, CONSERVATIVE contender for leadership, wants to explore introducing compensation if hose bans are caused by failures by water companies.

The former Chancellor told the Daily Telegraph he would consider the measure as a hose ban comes into effect after months of dry conditions in parts of Sussex.

He said: “It is unacceptable for water companies to impose restrictions on their customers if they don’t contain leaks.

“We need tougher fines for the companies that don’t invest enough to stop water wastage.”

Hundreds of thousands of people will be able to swim from Friday, May 12, following an announcement by South East Water earlier this week.

Leadership rival and frontrunner set to replace Boris Johnson, Liz Truss said such bans should not happen.

A spokesperson for her campaign told the Telegraph: “We shouldn’t be able to impose hose bans.

“More needs to be done to ensure water companies fix leaks and litter in their networks.

“As Prime Minister, Liz would look at how the best regulator, Ofwat, could hold water companies with the worst track records to account, so that hard-working people across the country aren’t restricted in their water use during the summer months.”

Last month Sussex experienced a record-breaking heatwave, with highs of 37.6C and record-low rainfall across the county.

The Environment Agency has warned the country could suffer a drought later this month if dry conditions continue.

The race for the Conservative leadership heads to Eastbourne later in the evening, in the latest in a series of hustings across the country, with Tory members from across the region putting their questions to the two contenders to become the next leader of the party and the UK will. Rishi Sunak is considering compensation for hose ban

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