by Rona Mackay
A re-elected SNP Government will freeze water bills for two years and keep Scottish Water safe in public hands.
Finance Secretary John Swinney announced today that the Nationalists will ensure water bills do not rise for the next two years giving further help to hard-pressed families.
Water bills in Scotland will be £48 less than those in England.
John Swinney also challenged the Tories to drop their damaging plans to privatise Scottish Water and sell off one of Scotland’s major assets.
Over the last four years the SNP has invested a record £2.4 billion in improving Scottish Water infrastructure securing a better service and lower prices for the public.
John Swinney said: “A re-elected SNP Government will freeze water charges for two years. Over the last four years our council tax freeze has helped households with average savings of over £300. Now I can confirm that a re-elected SNP Government will continue that help with a two year freeze in water charges that will save Scottish households nearly £50 compared to customers of the privatised English companies.
“And we will keep Scottish Water safe in public hands. Instead of the Tories disastrous privatisation plans, we will ensure the customer benefits from public ownership with better services and lower bills as we turn Scottish Water into a major Scottish enterprise.”