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Boat movement has resumed as of 12th April

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Boat movement and mooring enforcement resumed yesterday 12th April 2021 as the Coronavirus lockdown continued to be eased. CRT has stated that boaters without a home mooring have 14 days from yesterday to move from the place where they were moored during the lockdown, meaning that they need to have moved by 26th April to avoid any enforcement action.

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Boat Safety Scheme Survey

Saturday, March 27th, 2021

The Boat Safety Scheme is running a survey between 15th March and 9th April 2021. The survey seeks boaters’ views on certain safety installations such as smoke alarms and whether these should be required to pass the Boat Safety examination.

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Recent challenges and threats to Roving Canal Traders

Friday, March 26th, 2021

A number of liveaboard boaters on the K&A are Roving Canal Traders. Roving Traders have been facing problems with local authorities recently regarding their trading activities. Nevil Ingram of Justice for Roving Canal Traders writes:

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There’s still time to do the Census

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

The deadline for completing the 2021 Census is the end of April, and the Census telephone helpline has added a special line for people living on boats or in caravans, vans, tents or other transient accommodation. This follows the severe difficulties that some liveaboard boaters experienced trying to get a Unique Access Code to do the census online. You can now call the Census helpline and select option 4 .

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Covid-19 vaccination clinics by boat from 6th April

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

From Tuesday 6th April 2021, the Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service will be running Covid-19 vaccination clinics by boat. 

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

Friday, 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!

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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

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

Tuesday, 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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