WATER BILLS SET TO INCREASE UP TO 100 PERCENT IN THE SCOTTISH WATER REGION
That’s right you read it correctly – water bills in Scotland set to increase. WHY IS THIS? The charges which will increase are the property and roads drainage charges, these charges are based on the rateable value of your property. The rateable values are increasing from 01/04/18 as the Scottish Government has announced the water industry will move towards using the most up to date rateable value (RV) for all properties. When these charges come into effect the basis of the property and roads drainage charges will change.
WHAT ARE PROPERTY AND ROADS DRAINAGE CHARGES? Property drainage is the term that is used for the service of dealing with rainwater drainage from within the boundary of a property such as roofs,
private car parks and private roads that drain to Scottish Waters sewers. If rain water drains to the public sewer then property drainage charges apply. Roads drainage charges is the term used for the service of dealing with rain water that drains to Scottish Waters sewers from public roads and footpaths. If your property has either a sewerage connection for waste water or for property drainage then you will also have to pay a charge for roads drainage.
HOW ARE THE CHARGES CALCULATED? Property and roads drainage charges are based on the rateable value of the property, at the moment (2017 / 2018 rate of charge) the charges are calculated for property drainage at £0.02733 x RV per annum and the charges calculated for roads drainage
is at £0.01755 x RV per annum. As a Scottish Water customer you will soon be receiving a letter confirming the increase in the property rateable values. Now is the perfect time to have your property and roads drainage charges checked by water audit experts such as H20 Building Services as the charges may not have been levied correctly historically. You may have been paying more than you need and be entitled to a 5 year refund of overcharges and reduced charges going forwards which will go a long way to off set any increases in your rateable value charges. The charges will be phased in over the next 3 years commencing 1st April 2018. Don’t forget to get a free desktop water audit on your water bills by calling H20 Building Services on 01924 387 873 or emailing email@example.com.
POWER COMPANY NAMED MOST IMPROVED IN TOP 25 PLACES TO WORK
he UK’s largest electricity distribution network, UK Power Networks, has been named as the most improved company in the Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For list. The company rose 18 places and won a special award for Best Improver at an awards ceremony in London. The company, which employs over 6000 staff and keeps the lights on in homes, schools, hospitals and businesses across London, the East and South East of England, was placed 11th in this year’s Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For, marking its
fourth consecutive year in the list. UK Power Networks is the only energy company to feature in the list. The rankings are based on a detailed employee survey of UK Power Networks’ staff about a number of topics ranging from the support the company gives to the communities it serves to staff development and training. The survey found that people love their jobs at UK Power Networks and 69% would not leave to work elsewhere. UK Power Networks also scooped the Innovation in Engagement prize at this year’s ceremony for its ‘Your Energy’ health programme, which helps staff focus on their health and wellbeing and was designed in conjunction with six-time world champion kayaker Anna Hemmings and two-time world champion rower Toby Garbett. Andrew Pace, UK Power Networks HR Director, said: “We are delighted that our staff have once again rated us among one of Britain’s best big companies to work for. “When staff feel positive about their job and their employer, they are
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much more likely to go out of their way to deliver a great service. The health, wellbeing and safety of our staff is very important to us and I’m delighted that our work on these issues in particular was recognised at last night’s awards.” The Sunday Times Top 25 list covers companies employing more than 5,000 employees. UK Power Networks ranks among household names such as Halfords, Iceland and Warburton’s. UK Power Networks has now gained 1-Star accreditation from Best Companies, which is the hallmark of a company that takes workplace engagement seriously and signifies ‘very good’ levels of workplace engagement. An overview of the list can be found here: https://www.b.co. uk/the-lists/big-companies/ It has been a year of achievement for UK Power Networks and in 2017 the company received its second gold accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, retaining its place in the top 7% of accredited organisations. www.ukpowernetworks. co.uk or tweet @UKPNnews