Councils could lose millions in utilities repayments after court ruling

By Hiba Mahamadi | 04 December 2019

Local authorities could be facing repayments worth millions of pounds to council tenants in excess water charges, after a High Court ruling last week.

The court found Kingston upon Thames RLBC unlawfully over-charged a council tenant for water between 2003 and 2017.

During this period, the authority collected payments for water and sewerage services from its tenants for Thames Water Utilities. But the water company had offered the council a discount on the overall bill payable: 3.5% off the total charges, plus 9.3% off the remaining sum payable. This meant Kingston was paying a reduced sum of money for water bills over this period. 

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