Protect boats that are people's homes!

by A coalition of boat dwellers, the National Bargee Travellers Association and other support organisations

Protect boats that are people's homes!

by A coalition of boat dwellers, the National Bargee Travellers Association and other support organisations
A coalition of boat dwellers, the National Bargee Travellers Association and other support organisations
Case Owner
For most of us, our boats are our only homes and security. We depend on the waterways. The changes to Boat Licence Terms and Conditions will have a significant and far-reaching effect on us.
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A coalition of boat dwellers, the National Bargee Travellers Association and other support organisations
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For most of us, our boats are our only homes and security. We depend on the waterways. The changes to Boat Licence Terms and Conditions will have a significant and far-reaching effect on us.
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Latest: April 11, 2021

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We are a coalition of boat dwellers, the National Bargee Travellers Association and other support organisations. For most of us, our boat is our only home. 

What is happening?

Canal & River Trust (CRT) is proposing changes to the Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) for private boat licences. Every boat needs to have a licence, otherwise it can be seized by the Trust. For people who live on boats, these proposed changes vastly increase the risk that their boat licence could be terminated, leading to the seizure, craning out and destruction of their home. We depend on the waterways for our homes and these proposed changes, which will affect some 80% of the UK's inland waterways, will have a significant and far-reaching effect on us. We are looking to raise £1,000 to start the legal process of challenging these changes. We need your support. Please contribute and share, share, share this page now! Thank you so much!

Why is this important?

There are around 35,000 boats on CRT canals and rivers. This is important not only for the estimated 15,000 people who live on boats on these waterways, but for anyone who wishes or needs to live on a boat in the future, whether or not they have a permanent mooring. The number of people living on boats has grown dramatically over the past 12 years as a result of the housing crisis. People who have boats that they don't live on all year round are also affected. 

The three conditions for the issue and termination of boat licences are set out in Section 17 of the British Waterways Act 1995. CRT appears to be using the T&Cs to extend the power to terminate boat licences. We are concerned that this would amount to unlawfully changing the boat licence from a statutory requirement to a civil contractual matter. If this move was to be accepted as lawful, it would vastly reduce the protection for CRT's boat licence customers.

What we will do with the money raised

We are seeking to raise £1,000. We have instructed Solicitors Community Law Partnership, who have considerable experience defending boat dwellers against threats to remove their homes and challenging unlawful action by navigation authorities. The solicitor and the barrister are working on this for a much lower fee than they would normally charge. Initially the £1,000 raised will go towards the cost of a Legal Opinion on the extent of CRT powers to make the proposed changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions. The outcome of this will determine the next steps and we may be back with a larger-scale appeal.

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Thank you for taking the time to read our appeal. We hope that you will contribute. Thank you so much for your support!

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A coalition of boat dwellers, the National Bargee Travellers Association and other support organisations

April 11, 2021

Thanks to our backers for your fantastic response

Thanks to all of our backers for your fantastic response. You can help us reach the target by continuing to share the campaign on social media, by email or in a blog. Our lawyers have started work and we should have more to report in a week or so. We are very grateful indeed for your support. Thank you!

Update 1

A coalition of boat dwellers, the National Bargee Travellers Association and other support organisations

April 2, 2021

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far, let's keep it going

Thank you to everyone who's pledged a donation so far, your contributions are very much appreciated. Please keep this going so we can reach the target - please share the link below on social media, Tweet,  re-Tweet, send emails or post it on a blog - Thank You!

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