The notes give a general background to government action on water policy. They summarise the way the water industry is currently structured and regulated. In particular, the notes give an overview of the Water Bill, what it aims to achieve and the specific provisions and reforms covered by it.
The charging principles set out the high level principles that will inform the government’s approach to water charging following implementation of the reforms in the Water Bill. Once developed, charging guidance will be issued to Ofwat to establish the framework for future market reforms.
These briefing notes are now out of date and have been archived. The Water Bill received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014.
Added new Water Bill briefing note on government's approach to flood insurance
Added new briefing note: Organisations involved in water sector regulation
Added the retail exits briefing note to the collection.
Added latest briefing note: Codes for agreements with water companies
Added Water Bill: sustainable development and resilience duties note to the list.
Replaced Water Bill Environmental Permitting Framework: indicative regulations for flood defence consents with an updated version. Also added a new document to the series, Water Bill Flood Insurance: Flood Re - Finance and Accountability
Added the Internal Drainage Board and Environmental Permitting Framework: indicative regulations for flood defence consents briefing notes.