Bobby calls for Thames Water to be put into Special Administration

27 Mar 2024
Bobby Wandle
  • Thames Water on the brink of bankruptcy and refusing to join industry’s latest sewage clampdown
  • Bobby Dean, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Carshalton and Wallington, calls for government to “keep the taps running and end Thames Water sewage scandal”
  • New Special Administration laws ensure Thames Water debt does not fall on the Government.

Local Liberal Democrat candidate Bobby Dean has called for the government to put Thames Water into Special Administration in the wake of bankruptcy fears.  

Last month, the government passed updated legislation which allows the High Court to appoint a special administrator to take over a failing water firm. Thames Water is in chaos; its CEO was recently sacked, its debts have risen to a reported £18bn and it is now in talks with the government about contingency plans for financial collapse.

In recent years Thames Water has caused local outrage following its pollution of the River Wandle, with the latest Environment Agency figures showing that the company has discharged sewage into London’s waterways for over 196,000 hours last year, a 162% increase on 2022. 

Under new government rules, the taxpayer would not be liable for the firm's debts, which would stay with the holding company. The Special Administrator could ensure: 

  • The taps keep running for local people
  • The company would re-start efforts to stop harmful sewage discharges into rivers and lakes
  • Executive bonuses would no longer be paid, after the firm paid out £8 million to senior officials in recent years

The Liberal Democrats’ proposal for Thames Water would lead to the firm being reformed as a Public Benefit Company, with an environmentalist on the company board. The company would work in the public interest as well as for shareholders. 

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Carshalton and Wallington, Bobby Dean, said: 

“The government must ensure they use new powers to keep the taps running for local people, with Thames Water on the brink of bankruptcy. 

“Ministers must act now before it's too late. 

“So far, this government has watched from the sidelines as asset-strippers run Thames Water into the ground. Thames Water bosses have been profiteering off sewage dumping for years, and this must be the end of the line for them. 

“People around here have had enough of Thames Water hiking bills and destroying the local environment.

“The final straw was last week, when Thames Water bosses refused to stump up the cash for new sewage investments.

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