New utility rates are one step closer to realisation. Confirmation from Public Utilities Minister, Marvin Gonzales, who says he expects the operational plans for both T&TEC and WASA to be approved by Cabinet before the end of the year. While the regulated industries commission is yet to kick start the review process, the minister is assuring citizens that the most vulnerable will be protected once the new rates take effect. But one economist believes it’s not a good idea. Bavita Gopaulchan explains why.