Demand the Nationalisation of Water

“Access to a secure, safe and sufficient source of fresh water is a fundamental   requirement for the survival, well-being and socio-economic development of   all humanity. ”
 Kofi Annan,

Since 1989 the year of privatisation water bills have gone up by 40 per cent!

Not so long ago when our water was nationalised, controlled and distributed by councils and government departments our water bills were very modest indeed, few people worried about receiving them, few were unable to pay them and no one was cut off. After privatisation these bills escalated substantially. Along with privatisation came water metres for many people, bringing with it the need to carefully watch usage of water and while I don’t for one minutes suggest it is okay to waste water, in a country such as the UK there should be no anxiety about using water or going without water as a result of concern that you cannot pay the extortionate bill, the profit from which lines the pockets of greedy private water firms whose share holders make billions  from this life giving, life enhancing precious resource without which none of us can live. To make matter worse you have no say in who supplies your water, you have to go with whatever water company supplies the water to your locality so there is no competition that would help keep prices down, so basically they can charge what the hell the like.

Please read more and sign the following petition and demand that our water supply is nationalised.

“Our household bills are rising — while greedy private water firms are making billions for their shareholders and executives from our public service! And receiving more money in tax breaks than they’ve paid in tax.

If our water industry was publicly owned, the money currently going to private shareholders could be reinvested into making our water infrastructure better, or passed back to customers in reduced bills.”

A whopping £13.5bn has been paid out to shareholders in dividends since 2010. At the same time as greedy private firms have claimed huge tax breaks and forced up prices for millions of customers. Since the water industry was privatised in 1989, water bills have risen in real terms by 40%.”

There are many things that in no circumstance should be sold for profit, such as food, shelter, medical care and water, all vital to life, health and well being. No one has the right to monopolize these vital resources upon which life depends and distribute them for a profit, it is highly immoral.

If our water industry was nationalised, the nearly 14.billion profit paid out to greedy shareholders could be used instead to improve water services, and reduce prices for everyone. As before privatisation it would be run by councils and government departments and as such it is would our elected representatives who would be accountable to voters to keep prices down and make sure the service runs well.

 

 

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Reasons to Vote Labour: Nationalisation of water

If they win the election Labour will return the water companies to public ownership. The cost of this vital resource has risen considerably since privatisation,  as much as forty per cent! I recall when the charge seemed relatively insignificant but now particularly for those struggling on low wages and benefits – reduced even more by Tory polices – paying your water bill can add significantly to the ever-growing list of expenses from a decreasing income. Furthermore profits go to share holders which could benefit all rather than the privileged few. The privatisation of water has to be among the most appalling of all the mass privatisations. The right to clean water should be a basic human right and should not therefore be under the control of the private sector to sell for profit!

Labour plans to nationalise the water industry introducing a network of regional publicly-owned water companies.

Jeremy Corbyn has said that doing so could on average cut household water bills by £220.

“Labour said it would take England’s national water companies into public ownership as a reaction years of customers being “ripped off with sky-high bills”.”

““The Tories have rigged our economy so that bill payers fund wealthy shareholders of companies which in turn pay little in tax. It doesn’t have to be this way,” he said.

“Labour will rebalance our economy so that the many are no longer ripped off by the wealthy and powerful few. Labour will transform our energy, water and mail markets so that they work for consumers. Our plans for public ownership and greater transparency will slash bills and drive investment in efficiency and renewables.””

http://labourlist.org/2017/05/water-nationalisation-will-end-years-of-rip-offs-says-corbyn/

Water companies make huge profits from a resource which is vital for survival, good health and quality of life. Moreover some have avoid paying corporation tax.

Water giants make £2 BILLION in profit – but SEVEN of them didn’t pay a penny in tax

Some of Britain’s biggest water companies are raking in billions of pounds in profits without paying a penny in tax.

The 19 water firms made profits of more than £2.05billion in 2013, handed out £1.86billion to shareholders but paid just £74million in tax. Seven of them paid no corporation tax at all.

The figures also show the industry is failing to help customers struggling with sky-high bills.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/water-giants-make-2billion-profit-4703371

Water companies continue to make huge profits. It goes without saying, though sometimes I think that many people overlook this, but Excessive profits, indeed any profit, raises your bill and privatised facilities will always put profit first and consequently quality suffers along with rises in price.

Frankly as a vital component of life water should be freely available paid for and maintained by the state. Unlikely I know but at least with the nationalisation of water, bills will be lower and the service improved.

 

Please Sign a Petition: Do Not Cut off Water and Power Supplies to Aboriginal Communities

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More people it seems are under threat of loosing their water supply as the Australian government consider  cutting off water and power to 200 communities because the government says it can no longer afford to deliver these essential utilities.  Power and water are surely basic requirements in the modern world and should be readily available, particularly in a rich country where there is no excuse whatsoever. Water of course is a vital life-sustaining resource and should never be to denied anyone.

Petition

Please sign a petition to the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, to ask him not to cut off water and power supplies to Aboriginal Communities.

Do not cut off water and power supplies to Aboriginal Communities

The Australian Federal Government is considering cutting off the supplies of water and power of up to 200 indigenous communities, claiming they cannot afford these basic human rights for their indigenous peoples. In 2014, the government announced that they may cease paying for the utilities, making the individual states responsible for supplying their communities with their basic needs. However, the Western Australia government has already stated that they cannot afford to cover these costs, one of the states where many Aboriginal communities live, as well as the Northern Territory.

Rodney Dillon gave the following statement: “It would be a complete culture shock, a complete mental shock,” Dillon said. “This is their homeland. It’s where they belong it’s where they are proud. They are the keepers of the land. Some might stay and die on the land. The older individuals won’t manage it — it might kill them.”

Read more and please sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/913/806/727/do-not-cut-off-water-and-power-supplies-to-aboriginal-communities/

As with Baltimore and Detroit it is once again the disadvantaged who suffer, in this case it is Australia’s Aboriginal Communities, 150 of which are threatened with closure. Another financial decision that seriously destroys people’s lives. Australia like the USA and the UK is a rich nation, it is in fact one of the richest countries in the world, the funds are there it is just that they are not allocated where they are needed but left in the hands of the rich.

Australia  has 4 per cent of the world’s US dollar millionaires, with 1,252,000 people falling into this category.

Why Australia is the richest country in the world (for the fifth year in a row)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2792618/how-australia-richest-country-world-fifth-year-row.html

Why should people go without water and power while others have way way more than they need or will ever need.

If you don’t live in Australia this may all sound very complicated and that’s the problem people suffer as a consequence of complex, idiotic and unfair legislation particularly the poor and indigenous populations of countries such as Australia.

It is a grave social injustice to deliberately cut of water and power supplies to anyone for any reason, there can never be any justification for doing so.

More information

Up to 200 indigenous communities in Australia could lose access to power and water because the government says it can no longer afford to deliver the basic services.

“The remote communities are mainly located across the northern tip of Australia and the Kimberley in the country’s northwest. The federal government announced late last year that it would stop paying for the utilities, making states responsible for the communities. The Western Australia (WA) state government says it can’t afford to cover the costs.”

Read More:
Australia May Stop Providing Water and Power to Remote Aboriginal Communities
https://news.vice.com/article/australia-may-stop-providing-water-and-power-to-remote-aboriginal-communities

Related Links

Thousands of people rally over the proposed closure of up to 150 remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia during a national day of action:
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/19/close-the-gap-day-thousands-rally-threat-remote-indigenous-communities

Shutting down Australia’s Aboriginal areas

New funding laws threaten the existence of remote indigenous communities already facing profound social issues.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/12/shutting-down-australia-aboriginal-areas-2014124124749741868.html