'Smart card' system appeal

Leave has been granted for an appeal in the case of a water payment system which was under High Court challenge in December last year. On 20 February Mr Justice Harrison ruled that a 'smart card' system, whereby users can have their water supply cut off automatically, was illegal. If his decision is upheld 21,000 smart card units could have to be removed from homes in the UK. An appeal is expected as soon as possible.