Tories are now defending dumping sewage in our rivers on two spurious grounds. Here's a quick thread on their two lies - from me - someone who's worked in water infra for years. 1. Unlimited cost risk to consumers (lie) 2. Needs a detailed plan, not just legal obligation (lie)
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Tory lie 1. "We voted to keep dumping sewage in rivers to protect consumers from potential unlimited price hikes" This is a lie. Prices in the water sector are set by the state (Ofwat) in price reviews that account for infra-investment plans on a five year cycle.
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Nothing in the anti-sewage dumping amendment scrapped the five year AMP cycle (Asset Management Plan period). So consumers are safe from unlimited price hikes (until Tories decide later on to hike prices). The risk was therefore on polluting shareholders, not consumers.
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Tory sewage lie 2: Can't support a measure without detailed plan / impact assessment. This is obviously a lie. They do it all the time. Ask them what's in the impact assessment of clauses they did vote for and watch them squirm. But it's also wrong. There's a plan in Water.
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The water industry is literally the ONLY industry in the UK with a clear mechanism for long term national planning and assessment of infrastructure for strategic centrally-set objectives - the AMP Cycle.
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The AMP Cycle sees the state set strategic objectives (like eliminating sewage dumping). The AMP Cycle assesses, negotiates and signs off each plan by each water company to invest to achieve it. The AMP Cycle is the detail - so often lacking in other sectors.

Oct 25, 2021 路 5:21 AM UTC

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Thank you - @RobertBuckland - comments please? I and most (if not all) of your constituents are shocked at your choice to vote to allow water companies to contaminate our waters with raw sewage. Please reconsider for the second vote this week. We are watching.
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Is there a second vote this week? I couldn鈥檛 find anything about it.
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Thank you for making that clear. Its what I suspected. They must have a special 'lying dept' that issues them these template lies. It also seems strange when they all start using the same wording or to put it bluntly copy & paste replies. #JohnsonOut #StoolBritannia
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Hello - I am sympathetic to your points but wondering how it could happen that we have such drastic shortfalls in the existing Victorian infrastructure that the only alternative to flooding private property with sewage is to dump it in the rivers?
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I would be grateful if you could expand on this. Where we live overflow into public realm has been a regular occurrence after rainfall for years and I know that it happens elsewhere too. Where are the improvements to the infrastructure that we need?
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