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The UK was always fighting official recognition of the right to water and now changed its position. The example of the UK is worth considering: they have a social tariff for water, prohibit  meters with prepayment and water disconnections and they have been able to select a level of water expenditure not to be exceeded (3% of households expenditure). Few countries are as advanced in practice.
Therefore, the UK has decided to recognise the human right to water, International Development Secretary Hilary Benn has announced. Responding to the UN Human Development Report on water and sanitation published last November 9th, Benn has called for a Global Action Plan on water and sanitation.

Contact information Henri Smets (email:
News type Inbrief
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Source of information Henri Smets
Keyword(s) Right to water
Subject(s) RIGHT
Geographical coverage United Kingdom
News date 14/11/2006
Working language(s) ENGLISH