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Strategic policy statement to Ofwat: incorporating social and environmental guidance

Strategic policy statement setting out the government’s priorities for Ofwat’s regulation of the water sector in England.

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The statement sets out the government’s priorities for Ofwat’s regulation of the water sector in England.

Ofwat should keep these under review and report on the steps they have taken in response to this steer. Ofwat must carry out its functions in line with the priorities and objectives in the SPS.

This is set out in Section 2A of the Water Industry Act 1991 (as amended).

The strategic policy statement came into force on 22 November 2017. This replaces the previous SPS which was published in March 2013.

Published 7 March 2013
Last updated 22 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated as the Strategic Policy Statement has now come into force.
  2. Added the latest Strategic Policy Statement.
  3. First published.