Policy paper

Water for life: market reform proposals

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This paper adds more detail to the announcements made in the Water White Paper around market reform.



The case for reform of the water industry to develop a more vibrant and competitive market was set out in Professor Martin Cave’s report to Government: Competition and Innovation in Water Markets.

While recognising the successes of the sector since privatisation, he concluded that change was needed to deliver higher levels of customer service and tackle the challenges facing the industry, such as climate change. Martin Cave recommended a package of changes to increase competition and bring new approaches and new ways of working to the sector.

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