James Frith MP and 15 other MPs from across Greater Manchester wrote to United Utilities last week following the announcement of a hosepipe ban to challenge them to do more to tackle leaks. Instead their vast profits are going into the pockets of shareholders.

Read the full letter below

Steve Mogford, Chief Executive, United Utilities

19th July 2018

Dear Steve,

We are writing to you to express concern about the recent announcement by United Utilities of a hosepipe ban coming into force across Greater Manchester and much of the region on 5th August.

We support the need for a hosepipe ban where absolutely necessary and the need for behavioural change to adapt to environmental changes, but it will smart for many households to be told that they need to shoulder the burden when approximately one quarter of all water in your network is lost through leakage and you made in excess of £300 million in profits last year.

We would appreciate some detail from you in response about what United Utilities is doing to address leakage and expand capacity to avoid similar issues in the future as our climate continues to change and problems like this may become more likely.

Best wishes,

James Frith, MP for Bury North

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East & Saddleworth

Yvonne Fovargue, MP for Makerfield

Kate Green, MP for Stretford & Urmston

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton & Reddish

Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe & Sale East

Barbara Keeley, MP for Worsley & Eccles South

Afzal Khan, MP for Manchester Gorton

Ivan Lewis, MP for Bury South

Liz McInnes, MP for Heywood & Middleton

Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham West & Royton

Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan

Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central

Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne

Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge & Hyde

Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington

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