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Landmark judgement confirms Housing Benefit for boat licence fees

Monday, June 29th, 2020

In a landmark judgement issued on 25th June 2020 (AB v London Borough of Camden (HB) [2020] UKUT 158 (AAC)), the Upper Tribunal has confirmed that Housing Benefit is payable for boat licence fees because the boat licence fee if living aboard is rent.

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Leisure and hire boating in England to resume from 4th July as Coronavirus lockdown is eased further

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Following the Government’s announcement of 23rd June that overnight stays away from home will be permitted in England from 4th July 2020, this means that leisure boaters will be able to stay overnight on their boats and hire and hotel boat companies may resume trading.

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BaNES Council re-opens Mead Lane moorings

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

Last week BaNES Council reversed the decision that it made in January and has re-opened the 14-day moorings at Mead Lane, Saltford on the River Avon, until a structural survey of the river bank is carried out and further consultation of interested parties has taken place. The U-turn followed a solicitor’s letter sent to the Council on behalf of boaters. This comes shortly after the BaNES Environmental Health department began taking steps in mid-May 2020 to evict liveaboards who had been moored at Mead Lane due to the suspension of boat movements for the Coronavirus lockdown.

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K&A volunteers to step down as boat movement resumes

Monday, June 1st, 2020

The volunteer scheme supporting liveaboard boaters on the western K&A through the Coronavirus lockdown is ending when enforcement of boat movement every 14 days resumes this week, because the full volunteering scheme will be too challenging with boats coming and going daily. The red, amber and green signalling system will not be monitored from now on.

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Boat safety examinations can go ahead again as Coronavirus suspension is lifted

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) has announced that boat safety examinations can now resume for most boat owners, but they will happen in a ‘new normal’ framework based on the latest Government guidance.

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Caen Hill open for booked passage from today but K&A closed at Wootton Rivers until July

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

CRT has opened the Caen Hill flight for booked passage only until 31st May. Contact 07467 330114 to make a booking. From 1st June passage of the flight will be possible without booking provided boaters follow specific arrangements that CRT intends to announce after the late May bank holiday.

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CRT plans phased return to navigation from 13th May

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

CRT has announced a phased return to navigation in England with short day trips permitted from 13th May 2020. From 23rd May, enforcement of the 14-day rule will resume and visitor moorings will revert to summer time limits.

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CRT extends coronavirus boat movement suspension to 23rd May

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Yesterday (11th May 2020) CRT announced that the suspension of all but essential boat movements would continue until 23rd May. Visitor moorings can continue to be used for 14 days where this applies.

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Boat Safety certificates extended to 31st July

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

The Boat Safety Scheme has announced that all Boat Safety Certificates will be extended until 31st July 2020 due to the coronavirus lockdown. 

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Coronavirus Support on the eastern K&A

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Whilst it has not yet been possible to set up dedicated support for liveaboard boaters on the eastern K&A during the coronavirus lockdown, there are some land based community support groups in that operate from Great Bedwyn eastwards.

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