Severn Trent Water slammed as execs rake in £4,871,700 in pay & perks

14 Nov 2023
Dirty water pouring from pipe into water course
  • Anthony Lowe, Lib Dem Parliamentary spokesperson for The Wrekin, calls on water firm to crack down on excessive pay
  • Lib Dem is “shocked” at no mention of sewage crisis in King’s Speech
  • Base pay and pension payouts for executives in England & Wales water industries rise to new high of £10 million

Local Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson Anthony Lowe has slammed “eye-watering payouts” as the party reveals Severn Trent Water paid their executives £4,871,700 in pay and perks last year. 

New analysis of Companies House records has revealed the country’s water industry paid out a staggering £10 million in executive salaries last year, the highest on record. 

Severn Trent Water has rewarded their two executives with a staggering £4,871,700 in base pay, bonuses and pensions. This is despite the firm pumping raw sewage into the local area, including the River Severn.

Since 2020, executives at the water firm have paid themselves £15,096,700 in pay and perks. 

The local Liberal Democrats have called for a ban on all CEO bonuses within the water industry, as well as the firms to be reformed as “public benefit companies”. The reforms would put an end to profit before the environment and ensure their boards include environmental experts. 

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson for The Wrekin, Anthony Lowe, said: 

“Our local waterways are being pumped full of raw disgusting sewage, all whilst the water firm hand themselves insulting pay-outs. The whole thing stinks. These salaries and perks have reached eye-watering levels, yet Conservative Ministers refuse to act. 

“I was shocked that there was literally no mention of sewage in the King’s Speech.

“It is time to overhaul Severn Trent Water so it no longer puts profit before the environment. The firm is clearly not working how it should and is not listening to local concerns on sewage discharges. 

“This country’s water industry has become a gravy train where sewage and money flows freely. This is a scandal and happening on this government’s watch. 

“When will Conservative Ministers finally get tough on these polluting and profiteering firms? 

“These bonuses and perks need to be banned as long as the sewage scandal continues. Bonuses should be a reward for success, not committing environmental crimes.”

Sign up for email updates...

We will keep you up to date by email.

The Liberal Democrats may use the information you provide, including your political opinions, to further our objectives and share it with our elected representatives. Any data we gather will be used in accordance with our privacy policy: libdems.org.uk/privacy. You can exercise your rights and withdraw your consent to future communications by contacting us: data.protection@libdems.org.uk or: DPO, Lib Dems, 1 Vincent Square, SW1P 2PN.