But that''s no excuse for the government''s mad decision to allow Futilities
to charge cathedrals and churches based on land area, raising costs by tens of thousands of pounds.
IF YOU believe that water, like air, should be free, the prospect of an 11%hike in charges by United Futilities just adds to a belief that so-called watchdogs need to bite back.
Futilities, which doubled full-year profits to pounds 475m last year, after spending pounds 800monmaintenance, want to pump up prices at 2.
United Futilities - like the railways - harp on, year in, year out, about replacing a now crumbling Victorian infrastructure.
Also unlikely to feel the pinch is United Futilities chief executive Philip Green, currently coining in more than pounds 500,000 a year.