Posts Tagged ‘continuous cruising’

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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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 Boaters’ Action Group postponed to August

Monday, June 1st, 2020

The next meeting of the K&A Boaters’ Action Group that was due to take place on the second Monday of June 2020 has been postponed to August due to the continuing Coronavirus lockdown as meetings are still restricted.

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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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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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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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Benefits Telephone Surgery for K&A Boaters Tuesday and Friday 2 – 4 pm

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Many liveaboard boaters have been impacted financially by the current coronavirus crisis, and having to spend hours on hold to claim Universal Credit by phone or having online claim pages time out is causing extra stress. Waterways Chaplain Susan Stapleton is offering a Boater Benefits Telephone Surgery for liveaboards on the K&A who need support and advice with their claim.

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Coronavirus: CRT extends boat licences by one month

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

Canal & River Trust (CRT) is extending all private boat licences by one month in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

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Boat movement suspension extended to 9th May due to Coronavirus

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

CRT has extended its suspension of the 14-day rule until 9th May and has advised that only essential boat movements are permitted until at least this date. CRT’s winter visitor mooring time limits of 14 days unless signed otherwise are also extended until 9th May. No boat sightings will be taken during the period that boat movements are suspended. Boat Safety certificates that are about to expire or have recently expired are now extended until 11 May 2020.

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