CLP were instructed by the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) to challenge the new Boat Licence Terms and Conditions that have been brought in as of 24 May 2021 by Canal & River Trust (CRT) and to also challenge the way the consultation process was carried out. Despite the best efforts of NBTA, other boat dwellers and support organisations, ourselves and our Barrister on this matter, CRT has not agreed to change any of the terms and conditions that we believe are adverse especially to liveaboard boaters.
It is unlikely that the NBTA will be able to take the case any further itself.
We are therefore looking for liveaboard boaters who are affected adversely by these changes and who are likely to qualify for Legal Aid (i.e. on a low income or on benefits) to take this matter forward.
Though CRT announced on 24 May 2021 that the new terms and conditions were coming into force, they are, of course, only being imposed on boaters when their Boat Licence comes up for renewal. If you are interested in discussing this possible challenge, please phone us on our Travellers Advice Line which is 0121 685 8677 and is open Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.