Clegg's Rio+20 water pledge

The government says households struggling to pay their water bills will get help through new 'social tariffs'. The announcement will be made by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Rio+20 Conference in Brazil today.

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Clegg: 'much-needed help to millions struggling to pay their water bill'

We're clearing the way for water companies to give some much-needed help to the millions of people who struggle to pay their water bills. If you're struggling to make ends meet, not paying for essential utilities isn't an option but it can mean making tough choices elsewhere, like sacrificing healthy meals for the family or new school books.

We've already announced tough new measures to see gas and electric bills fall by up to £100 a year. This will see struggling families save more. Water companies can now begin to consult their customers on how to ensure the most vulnerable households receive extra support.

– NICK CLEGG MP, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

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