Boaters can continue to use red diesel in England, Wales and Scotland

March 5th, 2021

The Government has responded to the Treasury consultation on reforms to the tax treatment of red diesel that ran in the summer of 2020. The owners of private pleasure boats, a term within which the Government includes boats used as homes, can continue to use red diesel as they do now, in England, Wales and Scotland. They will not be able to use red diesel in Northern Ireland.

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Census helplines are open now!

March 1st, 2021

Free telephone and text helplines for the 2021 Census are open now. For England, 0800 141 2021.

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Boat movement could resume on 12th April

February 27th, 2021

Following the Government’s announcement of a ‘road map’ out of the current Coronavirus lockdown that began on 4th January, CRT has stated that it expects boat movement to remain limited to essential journeys only until 29th March 2021, and only limited local movement until 12th April 2021. Subject to further Government advice, CRT intends to resume enforcement of the 14-day rule from 12th April.

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Make sure you can take part in the Census on March 21st

February 23rd, 2021

The 2021 Census will take place on 21st March and for the first time will be mainly digital, with paper forms available on request. Freephone helplines will open from 1st March, with all minority languages catered for.

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If you’re over 70 and have not been invited for a Covid-19 jab, contact NHS now!

February 23rd, 2021

By mid-February 2021 the Government aimed to have all over-70s and people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable given their first of two vaccinations against Covid-19, but told people they should wait to be invited for their appointment. Now, the NHS wants anyone over 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable who has not had their first jab to contact them to get vaccinated.

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Please write to your MP now about CRT’s proposed changes to boat licence T&C!

February 16th, 2021

In the next few weeks CRT will be starting to finalise the changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions following the consultation that ended on 21st December 2020. Please write to your MP, or better still ask for a (virtual) meeting with them – personal contact is far more effective than a letter – and ask him or her to intervene to halt CRT’s proposed changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions. Here is a sample letter to express your concerns and request a meeting with your MP:

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CRT virtual User Forum for Wales and South West, 10th Feb

January 26th, 2021

CRT is to hold a virtual User Forum for Wales and South West region on Zoom on Wednesday 10th February at 5pm-7pm. This is an opportunity to raise issues that concern you, such as waterway maintenance, enforcement, and what CRT should be doing to protect liveaboard boaters during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns.

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Coronavirus vaccinations – make sure of your jab by registering with a GP

January 25th, 2021

The invitations to attend Coronavirus vaccination appointments for priority groups, which will include everyone over the age of 50, are being generated from the patient records held by doctors’ surgeries. Liveaboard boaters who are not registered with a GP may find that they are not contacted by the NHS with an invitation to have the Covid-19 vaccination.

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Grants to help boater children with online education

January 17th, 2021

Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service can help families apply for funding to buy tablets, smart phones and data if their children need these to access online education while schools are closed during the current Covid-19 lockdown.

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Farewell Lady-Jacqueline

January 12th, 2021

It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that Lady-Jacqueline Maude Aster, known to many of us as Jacqui, passed away quietly on 7th January. 

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