Weeks of lobbying Government to support waterway businesses with a funding package totalling £20m has led to the Waterway Minister asking for more detail on how the funding package could work.
Rebecca Pow MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and her team at Defra acknowledged the amount of detailed information that has already been provided. We have high hopes that a letter submitted last week by us, Broads Authority, British Marine, Canal & River Trust and the Association of Inland Navigation Authorities will now lead to the approval of the £20m support package and that the sector can then get on and allocate the grant to businesses suffering hardship as a result of Covid-19 closures.
We have also submitted evidence to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) enquiry into the effect of Covid-19, outlining the waterway business hardship situation and why the £20m funding is needed urgently.
Heritage Alliance has sent an open letter to the press highlighting issues affecting the heritage sector. We signed the letter and Heritage Alliance recognised the impact that the current situation could have on our heritage waterway businesses by using our campaign as a case study when speaking to DCMS.
We really want to see more MPs raise Parliamentary Questions to underline the immediate benefits that the approval of the £20m support package could deliver for our waterway sector.
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