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Customer Challenge Group

Understanding what its customers and stakeholders want and keeping its promises to them is vital in ensuring that Southern Water does a good job.

CCG logoThe Customer Challenge Group (CCG) exists to help that happen – especially when it comes to the business plans Southern Water is making for the next five years.

We’re completely independent of Southern Water and totally on the side of its customers and stakeholders. We advise and challenge the Company on its plans. Then we make an independent report to the industry regulator, Ofwat, at the same time as it decides whether to approve Southern Water’s plans or not.

We are made up of experts, the majority of whom live in the Southern region.

We have three main jobs:

  1. Advise Southern Water on how to understand customer and stakeholder views for the future, how these influence the contents of an affordable business plan for 2020-25, taking into account wider social and economic developments as well as all environmental impacts.
  2. Challenge Southern Water on how well it is delivering the six priorities and 26 promises it made in its five year business plan for 2015-20 and which Ofwat agreed.
  3. Examine Southern Water’s approach to improving bathing waters.

The CCG is chaired by Anna Bradley, continuing her previous role as the Independent Chair of the Southern Water Customer Advice Panel in place since 2014. The CCG's Terms of Reference are here.

Transparency and openness are vital to how we work. The CCG publishes the notes of our monthly meetings as well as an annual report to provide customers, stakeholders and regulators with our assessment of the Company’s progress in delivering its promises. To date we have published three Annual Reports, the first in March 2016 and the second in September 2017. Our most recent Annual Report for 2017–18 is now available.

We also publish advice notes to the Southern Water Board. These confirm the advice and challenges that we have already provided to Company representatives. In 2017 we published:

Southern Water Customer Insight Programme  

This resulted in a formal response from the Chairman of the Southern Water Board which addressed all our concerns:

Chairman's response to the CCG  

In March 2018, we published our second advice note to the Southern Water Board. This supports its water efficiency programme as we are enthusiastic about the benefits that Target 100, the company's drive to reduce water consumption, will have for conserving water supplies in the South East.

Southern Water: Target 100  

In June 2018, we were delighted to receive a response from Bill Tame, Chairman of the Southern Water Board.

Chairman's response on T100  

We also published our view to the board on the Bathing Water Enhancement Programme which confirms that Southern Water had met the criteria for selecting the seven beaches to be enhanced to excellent status:

Southern Water Bathing Water Enhancement Programme