In March of this year Southwark Council lost a High Court case on water charges which could affect councils all over London including Waltham Forest. Councils collect payment for water and sewerage services from tenants on behalf of Thames Water and in return the councils receive a commission fee.
The High Court found Southwark Council should have passed on any savings to tenants, as they were technically reselling water services. Southwark has already announced that they have “decided not to appeal the decision,” and are refunding current and past tenants up to £700.
Waltham Forest should do the same.
Waltham Forest Council say they accept that “establishing the legality of a practice is a matter for the Courts”. Yet instead of refunding people straight away, they are still ganging up with other councils to hire “an external firm and a barrister” to give them legal advice on what to do.
The local Liberal Democrats believe that Waltham Forest Council should follow Southwark’s example and refund their tenants without further delay.