On 18 July 2019 we received feedback (known as the ‘draft determination’) from Ofwat on our enhanced business plan for 2020-2025, which we submitted on 1 April 2019. In our enhanced plan, we said we'd do more for less - reducing the cost, improving our performance commitments and cutting customer bills. We reviewed Ofwat’s draft determination response in detail and on 30 August 2019 submitted our full response to the regulator – following the timescales set out.
Our planning has been underpinned by a robust process to enhance it, based on feedback from our regulator Ofwat and other stakeholders, and one million customers, to help us build a better future for our customers, our region and our planet.
Ofwat listened to some of our concerns and published its ‘final determination’ of our plan on 16 December 2019, which we accepted on 14 February 2020.
If you would like to see more about our revised plan, the commitments we’re making and how it delivers the best possible value for our customers watch our video below.
Choose the version of the draft business plan you’d like to view:
Draft Determination supplementary information September 2019
Draft Determination Documents August 2019
More about PR19 and our April 2019 business plan submission
The water industry is regulated in five year periods and our business planning reflects this. In September last year, we submitted our business plan to the industry regulator, Ofwat, for the period 2020-2025 (known as Price Review 19 – PR19). It’s based on the insights from over a million customers.
Following Ofwat’s initial feedback on 31 January 2019, we reviewed and enhanced our plan, before resubmitting it on 1 April. The regulator will provide further feedback in the summer for us to review. We’ll then work to get our plan agreed by the end of 2019, with delivery starting in April 2020.
3 September 2018 – Our Draft Business Plan submitted to Ofwat
3 September 2018 – Our Draft Business Plan published online
28 September 2018 – We present our Draft Business Plan to Ofwat
31 January 2019 – Ofwat provides a complete response to our draft plan
1 April 2019 - Enhanced and revised plan resubmitted to Ofwat
18 July 2019 – Ofwat respond to our revised plan
30th August 2019 - Submission of response to the regulator
End 11 December 2019 – Ofwat publish final determination of our plan
Please see below for supporting documentation on PR19, including our Customer Challenge Group (CCG) report, Board Assurance Statement, Consolidated Data Tables and Ofwat Business Plan Template.
These data tables have been adjusted to reflect Ofwat’s proposed funding for the development of the Strategic Regional Water Resource.
This document has been adjusted to reflect Ofwat’s proposed funding for the development of the Strategic Regional Water Resource.
Our September 2018 business plan submission
We previously submitted our business plan to Ofwat in September 2018. The documents and videos below support this previous submission and can be compared to our most recent review in April 2019, the documents for the April 2019 review are found above in 'More about PR19 and our April 2019 business plan submission'.
Please see below for supporting documentation and videos on our previous PR19 submission, including our Customer Challenge Group (CCG) report, Board Assurance Statement, Consolidated Data Tables and Ofwat Business Plan Template.
How we engaged with our customers to build our business plan
Our aim has always been to produce a customer-centric business plan, built by us and driven by our customers, employees and stakeholders.
Over the last few years, we’ve gathered insight from over one million customers. We first went out on a broad basis to understand customers’ overall priorities for water and wastewater services, then went through further consultation stages. Lastly, we asked for customer feedback on specific areas of the plan.
We used a variety of channels for our customer engagement, including:
- A dedicated microsite
- Shopping centre events
- A bespoke digital campaign including social media posts and Facebook content
- Local engagement forums (LEFs)
- Billing leaflets
- An interactive customer engagement tool - a finalist in the category of ‘best innovation in customer engagement’ at the National Engage Awards in November 2017.
Watch the video to see how we engaged with customers to gather feedback during our roadshows.
If you have any queries, would like further information or want to see any more of our PR19 documents, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org