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    B1347 - Clean Water Fund Bill, TSR National Conservative Party


    Clean Water Fund Bill


    A BILL TO create a Clean Water Fund that will specifically invest in projects concerning the development and maintenance of sustainable clean water sources in developing countries.

    BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Temporal, and the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

    1: Definitions
    (a) "Improved drinking-water source" refers to a permanent source of water that, by nature of its construction, is likely to be protected from outside consumption, including:
    i. Piped water into dwelling
    ii. Piped water into yard/plot
    iii. Public tap/standpipes
    iv. Tubewell/boreholes
    v. Protected dug wells
    vi. Protected springs (normally part of a spring supply)
    vii. Rainwater collection

    2: Clean Water Fund
    (a) The Department for International Development will allocate at least five percent of its overseas expenditure to create a "Clean Water Fund".
    (b) Organisations may apply to receive a portion of such fund for projects relating to:
    i. The development of improved drinking-water sources; and/or:
    ii. The maintenance of existing improved drinking-water sources; and/or:
    iii. The improvement of existing inadequate drinking-water source.

    3: Eligibility
    (a) In order to receive funding from the Clean Water Fund an organisation:
    i. Must be a non-governmental organisation; and:
    ii. Must be a non-profit organisation headquartered in the United Kingdom; or:
    iii. Must be a charity registered in the United Kingdom; and:
    iv. Must meet transparency requirements set by the Department for International Development.
    (b) The project:
    i. Must be carried out in an area the Secretary of State deems genuinely short of water; and:
    ii. Must use the funds only for a specific aim mentioned in part (2)b; and:
    iii. Must be measurable and realistic.

    4: Funding Applications
    (a) Applications for funds from the Clean Water Fund will be reviewed and granted by the Department for International Development at the beginning of each year.
    (b) The application process will be available through the Department for International Development website, as well as by post, for ninety calendar days.
    (c) Successful applications will be announced thirty calendar days after the application process closes.
    (d) Each application must include the following information:
    i. Details about the organisation including contact details and proof of eligibility.
    ii. Information about the project including:
    a. Intended measurable result at the end of the year.
    b. Detailed spending plan/break down.
    c. Project timeline spanning up to one year.
    iii. Funding required.
    iv. Length of time required to complete the project.
    (e) An organisation wishing to make funding requests for multiple projects may do so in one application.
    (f) The first funds will be transferred to the organisation on the day of the announcement, unless detailed otherwise in the application.

    5: Short Title, Commencement and Extent
    (a) This Act may be referred to as the Clean Water Fund Act 2018.
    (b) This Act shall come into force on 1st January 2019.
    (c) This Act applies to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    Notes

    This bill is meant to promote human development in developing countries and to effectively use foreign aid resources and funds to help those in developing countries access clean and safe drinking water.
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    Probably an aye. Is that 5% of overall spend or of legally required spending?
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    Nay. This should not effectively require donees to be based in the United Kingdom.
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    Why must the charities be headquartered in the UK?

    Surely this will reduce the amount of successful applications and will reduce the amount of aid that is given to those that need it most.
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    (Original post by Aph)
    Probably an aye. Is that 5% of overall spend or of legally required spending?
    Overall
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    Can't see a reason to oppose this. Aye.
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    Mr Speaker

    This bill aims to help those in need by giving them access to safe drinking water and improving human development in developing countries. Aye.
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    (Original post by mr T 999)
    Mr Speaker

    This bill aims to help those in need by giving them access to safe drinking water and improving human development in developing countries. Aye.
    Hear, hear!
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    Let's help those in developing countries access safe drinking water!

    For every vote for the NCP, you get to help poor children like Nailah here get access to safe drinking water. Vote NCP today!
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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    Can't see a reason to oppose this. Aye.
    I’d argue that this doesn’t really do anything but redirect spending already happening, maybe already making a bigger impact than this just to make the Nat Cons look good.


    If this was additional money being used than I would probably give it an aye but as it stands I’m leaning nay
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    (Original post by Aph)
    I’d argue that this doesn’t really do anything but redirect spending already happening, maybe already making a bigger impact than this just to make the Nat Cons look good.


    If this was additional money being used than I would probably give it an aye but as it stands I’m leaning nay
    Why does it matter if we are redirecting spending we are helping those in need. In fact it's better if we are redirecting money if you were to give additional money you'll have to find a way to fund it.
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    (Original post by mr T 999)
    Why does it matter if we are redirecting spending we are helping those in need. In fact it's better if we are redirecting money if you were to give additional money you'll have to find a way to fund it.
    But what makes you think this is the most effective way to make a difference?
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    Why not throw the money used for this into reducing homelessness or improving the NHS
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    (Original post by GhostofEmoPast)
    Why not throw the money used for this into reducing homelessness or improving the NHS
    Even if we reduce the foreign aid budget, there will still be some money dedicated to foreign aid, so might as well make sure that money is used effectively on things like providing safe water. I'm sure a smart government would ensure that it would be a tied aid deal we are making.
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    (Original post by Unown Uzer)
    Even if we reduce the foreign aid budget, there will still be some money dedicated to foreign aid, so might as well make sure that money is used effectively on things like providing safe water. I'm sure a smart government would ensure that it would be a tied aid deal we are making.
    But by using the money set aside for this bill, you cannot guarantee that even if the water infrastructure put it makes the water accessible to everyone. The sheer factor that these countries are developing shows some level of instability, which gives rise to the capacity for the access to this water to be controlled by a separate party, negating the whole idea in the first place. Contributing this money to improving the infrastructure of the UK, the areas around British foreign bases or by underdeveloped areas of developing Ex-Common Wealth countries would be much more beneficial due to our ability to control the freedom that the Bill is set out to entrust.
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    Nay
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    (Original post by Aph)
    But what makes you think this is the most effective way to make a difference?
    They don't, but this is a way for them to look good and claim activity while implementing significant ideological shifts.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    They don't, but this is a way for them to look good and claim activity while implementing significant ideological shifts.
    I mean that's exactly what I said earlier.
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    Aye, we should help those in need
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