Consultation outcome

Retail exits reform: draft regulations

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We received 22 responses to this consultation. The revised draft regulations have been laid in Parliament and will be published on If approved, the regulations will come into force on 3 October 2016.

Original consultation


Seeking views on draft retail exits regulations which will allow water companies to exit the competitive part of the non-household retail market.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about draft regulations for retail exits. We’re also seeking feedback on a draft application form which water companies wanting to exit the market will use.

Water companies will be able to leave the market, with permission, from April 2017 onwards.

Published 23 July 2015
Last updated 26 May 2016 + show all updates
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