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Lobby your MP

Lobby your MP and encourage them to secure funding for canals and rivers in your local area.

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.

Useful Resources

Letter Writing Template (updated July 2023)



12 Benefits of the Waterways



Waterways for Today Report

Click here to download a PDF copy.

Printed copies can be purchased from our online shop here.

Parliamentary Directory

Download the IWA Directory of Parliamentary Constituencies with Waterways here. Last Updated: October 2023

Find out more about the directory here.

Waterways & Wellbeing: Valuing our Waterways

A report produced by the Canal & River Trust in November 2022.

Click here to download a PDF copy.

The Parliamentary Directory

The IWA Directory of Parliamentary Constituencies with Waterways is a useful resource aimed at helping waterway campaigners in engaging with MPs across all waterways in England, Scotland and Wales.

The directory lists those Westminster, Scottish and Welsh parliamentary constituencies which have inland waterways within their boundaries, in England, Wales and Scotland, including those open to navigation, those under restoration and some of those which remain derelict. The current elected member for each constituency is shown, along with their political party and email address. The database is fully searchable by MP name, constituency, waterway and IWA branch, enabling you to work out which MPs you need to contact for any particular stretch of waterway. This directory works well in combination with our Waterway Directory, and is updated after each general election or when by-elections have taken place.

Contact details for the relevant MPs can be obtained on the UK Government website.

We intend to add more information to future issues of the Parliamentary Directory, including a more extensive list of derelict waterways and restoration projects, so do please register for your copy and let us have any updates, additions or corrections.

How you can help

Subscribe to campaign updates

Register to receive regular updates about the #FundBritainsWaterways campaign via email, or contact [email protected] for more information.

Submit your photos

Share photos with us highlighting the state of the waterways by emailing them to [email protected]