The Scotsman tells us today that: "Families face a “real and painful” squeeze in their household budgets after a 2.8% rise in water charges announced yesterday."
It turns out that, in fact, that the rise is a relatively small one, with Band D (a middle band) households experiencing a rise of an average of £11 a year.
It also emerges that this rise of 2.7% (under inflation) is the first one for four years. At less than a pound a month; a sum of around 20p a week (over four years), this is not bad.
But of course, water is a commodity that is in the hands of the Scottish Government and blame for any rise can be laid firmly at the door of the SNP (cue maniacal laughter!).
So clearly the Scotsman wants to make the most of the story so they point out that the executive of Scottish Water are "among the" highest paid in the public sector, which doesn't really mean anything.
Richard erm Baker, the Labour spokesperson on infrastructure said: “Scottish families will be dismayed by this increase which comes on the heels of gas and electricity price rises, making it even more difficult for hard-working families to make ends meet."
Richard, get a bloody grip. It's 20p a week for the middle band. Poor people won't even pay that!!! Incidentlly, it also makes it difficult for pensioners, and people who have been put out of work, students and, I suppose, lazy working families.
"Thames Water Bills To Rise To Pay For Thames Super Sewer."
"Thames Water customers have been warned that their bills are likely to rise by as much £80 a year to help pay for a £4.1 billion super sewer in London."
(Source: BBC News England website)