2018
£m
2017
£m
Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders of the company in the year comprise:
Ordinary shares
Final dividend for the year ended 31 March 2017 at 25.92 pence per share (2016: 25.64 pence)176.7174.8
Interim dividend for the year ended 31 March 2018 at 13.24 pence per share (2017: 12.95 pence)90.388.3
267.0263.1
Proposed final dividend for the year ended 31 March 2018 at 26.49 pence per share (2017: 25.92 pence)180.6176.8

At 31 March 2017, the proposed final dividend was £176.8 million, although the final dividend amount actually paid was £176.7 million. This difference is due to a higher than anticipated number of shares purchased cum dividend to satisfy the dividend reinvestment plan. Dividends in relation to these shares are waived.

The proposed final dividends for the years ended 31 March 2018 and 31 March 2017 were subject to approval by equity holders of United Utilities Group PLC as at the reporting dates, and hence have not been included as liabilities in the consolidated financial statements at 31 March 2018 and 31 March 2017.