Many people on low incomes have been struggling to pay their water bills, and these new measures will give them much-needed help. Water companies now have the chance to work with their customers to find a solution that works for them, and I hope to see that solution in place as soon as possible.
The government says households struggling to pay their water bills will get help through new 'social tariffs'.
Food prices are rising due to environmental factors, increased populations and, experts argue, increased financial speculation.
Paul McCartney has joined a host of stars calling for Rio+20 to protect the Arctic from overfishing and oil exploration.