– Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle
David Cameron has never shown any interest in rising water bills and has wasted three years doing absolutely nothing to address the impact on already over-burdened family budgets
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the government's move to examine water prices next week.
– Defra statement
The Government is working across the board to reduce the cost of living and help hard-working households who are feeling the pinch.
We want to ensure customers get a good deal from the water sector and will be setting out our approach next week.
Prime Minister David Cameron will take action to help households struggling to meet rising water bills, his spokesman said.
"There'll be some progress next week on water bills," the spokesman said. "The prime minister wants to see household expenditure being brought down."
His comments suggested that Britain's biggest water companies could join energy giants at the centre of a political row over the rising cost of living ahead of an election in 2015.