Letter Writing Campaign
Our Waterways for Today report was launched in a bid to highlight the importance of the waterways network. It demonstrates how inland waterways can contribute to the country’s economic recovery and outlines the 12 most significant benefits that the inland waterways can bring to our economy, environment, local communities and lives.
The waterways are valuable assets to our country but ongoing funding is critical if we are to protect them, as highlighted by the Fund Britain’s Waterways campaign. Our Waterways for Today report forms a comprehensive resource which we hope will help campaigners to secure vital funding for navigation authorities, waterways charities, and restoration projects.
With your help, our waterways may stand a chance of securing the investment they need. This is why we are encouraging all waterways supporters to write to their MPs about the importance of waterways funding, particularly with respect to DEFRA’s announcement of a reduction to Canal & River Trust’s grant funding over the next decade. This will be critical for the long-term financial position of the Canal & River Trust, which was discussed in an All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways (APPGW) meeting in November 2022. Read our news article to find out more about the meeting and the discussions that took place.
All MPs with waterways in their constituencies have been sent a copy of the report which can be downloaded from our website here. To assist you in writing to your MP, we have provided a letter writing template and other useful resources including the IWA Directory of Parliamentary Constituencies with Waterways.