Kingston Lib Dems have welcomed the news that Kingston Council will give thousands of local council tenants a refund on past water bill payments, after having campaigned for the previous Conservative-led administration to take action.
The campaign to give council tenants a fairer deal on water charges was led by Cllr Emily Davey (Norbiton), who pressed the Conservatives when they ran the council to confirm whether they would abide by a court ruling concerning water charges – regrettably they refused to respond.
Celebrating the good news for Kingston's council tenants, Cllr Emily Davey said, "Every time I raised the question of repaying tenants' water charges with the former Conservative-led council, I was met with a conspiracy of silence. That's why, since I was elected, I have made sorting this mess out a priority.
"First, I tried to stop the court case the Tories had launched as tenants had a strong legal case and I was confident the Council would lose. Then, anticipating the Court's judgement, I ensured Kingston Council made contingency arrangements for this decision and made provision in our budget to repay tenants.
"Yesterday, as I have predicted for several years, the Court of Appeal announced their decision in favour of the tenants. I am pleased that thanks to the Liberal Democrats, Kingston Council is now in a strong place to be able to repay council tenants for the extra water charges they paid.
"Once again, council tenants will see that they can’t trust the Conservatives with their homes or bills, and it is Kingston's Liberal Democrats who fight for them."