Posts Tagged ‘BW charity status’

FOI will apply to Canal and River Trust

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

After some embarrassing shilly-shallying a few weeks ago in response to questions from Chippenham MP Duncan Hames, the Waterways Minister Richard Benyon has confirmed that the statutory functions of the BW charity will continue to be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Mr Benyon’s statement is part of the DEFRA’s conclusions following the supplementary consultation in September and October on the transfer of BW to charity status.

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Public Bodies Bill becomes law but still time to object to BW charity registration

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The Public Bodies Bill that will enable the government to transfer BW to a charity, gained Royal Assent on 14 December and is now law. There is still time to object to the registration of the Canal and River Trust. We understand that the application to register the charity will be made very soon so there isn’t a lot of time to get your objections in.

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Now’s the time to object to registration of BW charity!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Trustees of the Canal and River Trust plan to register the new charity in November or December 2011. If you will be directly affected by this you have the right to object to the registration of the charity. Objections should be sent to the Charity Commission. The Bill that will allow BW to be transferred to a charity has passed through the Committee stage in Parliament without much change. Now is the time to object to it being registered with the Charity Commission.

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Staff picket BW AGM over Directors’ bonuses while boaters question new charity trustees

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

BW directors and members of the public attending the BW AGM on 13 October were greeted by a group of BW employees condemning the “already overpaid directors” £15,000 inflation-busting bonuses as a disgrace while employees pay was not increased. The staff handed out a leaflet asking “are these the people you want to run your charity in future?”.

Graphic designer Simon Greer's take on the new logo

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Benyon says sorry in writing for FOI blunder

Friday, October 28th, 2011

We can bring you the full text of Waterways Minister Richard Benyon’s written statement of apology to the House of Commons for pre-empting the results of DEFRA’s second consultation on the new waterways charity, which includes the issue of whether the Canal and River Trust will be subject to FOI. Mr Benyon wrote:

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Waterways Minister apologises for wrong FOI answer

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Waterways Minister Richard Benyon today apologised to MP Duncan Hames for giving him an incorrect answer to his question about whether the new Canal and River Trust would be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The Minister had said that the charity would be subject to the FOI Act in the same way as BW is now.

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Waterways Minister says new waterways charity will be subject to FOI

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

In response to a question on 13 October from Duncan Hames, the MP for Chippenham, Waterways Minister Richard Benyon stated in the House of Commons that the new waterways charity would still be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

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Make sure you have a postal address before waterways charity elections!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

We have had this message from Becks on Pilgrim who travelled to London this summer for work. She found some gorgeous spots along the K and A and enjoyed the Thames, with the lock keepers and big white plastic boats hurtling past. She spent time in a marina in north west London and travelled through the Lee Valley where she found the boating community there welcoming and friendly. She says

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BW Charity gets C*R* name

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The name of the new waterways charity has been announced. It will be called the Canal and River Trust. You can read one residential boater’s take on the new name on Simon Robbins’ Liveaboard Forum blog

BW in Private Eye spotlight again

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

BW came under the scrutiny of Private Eye again on 6 September with another article detailing threats of homelessness and harassment of liveaboard boaters. Here is a copy of  the article ‘Barged Aside’ in which BW is accused of being “totally uncharitable”.

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