In October 2018, the government asked the National Infrastructure Commission to conduct a new study into regulation of the UK’s energy, telecoms and water industries, to ensure the necessary levels of investment and innovation whilst these critical services are kept affordable for everyone. The terms of reference for the study are available here.

The Commission’s study will examine what future changes will affect the regulated sectors, competition and innovation, regulatory consistency and how government and regulators work together. It will also consider the full range of potential implications of any changes, paying particular attention to the need to keep bills affordable and to ensure vulnerable customers are protected.

The Commission launched a call for evidence to support the study, submissions for which were open until April 2019. The study is expected to report its findings in autumn 2019.