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V1021 – British Waterways Act 1995 (Amendment) Bill 2016 (Second Reading)

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    V1021 – British Waterways Act 1995 (Amendment) Bill 2016 (Second Reading), TSR Government
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    Make provisions to reduce the negative effects of the original Act education and work.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

    1 Amendment

    1) To section 17(3) of the British Waterways Act 1993 shall be appended: "(ii)(a) Exceptions may be made in cases where: The attendance of students below the age of eighteen to an educational institution, or travel of adults to a place of work, would be substantially impeded by such navigation as described above. In this case, a period of two years shall be granted to satisfy the criteria above."

    2 Commencement, Extent and Short Title

    (a) This Act comes into effect on 1 January 2017.
    (b) This Act may be cited as the British Waterways Act 1993 (Amendment).
    (c) This Act applies to the whole of the United Kingdom.


    The relevant section, at present, reads:
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    16% of Britain's houseboats are classified as continuous cruisers; these lack a home mooring and so are expected to be used, as the name suggests, primarily for 'bona fide navigation'. The Canal and Rivers Trust, which is in charge of the oversight of boats under this status, has used a variety of definitions in its guidance since the passing of the Act and over time has frequently changed the severity of its application. Recently, guidance has been changed to add that 'Unacceptable reasons for staying longer than 14 days in a neighbourhood or locality are a need to stay within commuting distance of a place of work or of study (e.g. a school or college).' The result of this is that many hard-working families suffer due to such changing guidance; this amendment seeks to ensure that workers and families have a legally defined period to seek alternative accommodation, as opposed to the inconsistent notice periods accorded at present. *

    (1) https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/library/633.pdf*
    (2) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36046323

    Literally a little bit of wording as Krollo is unable to make the changes he needs to at the moment.

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