Charity and Voluntary Sector
Defra: Plans to create one of Britain’s biggest charities to ‘secure the future of more than 4,000 kilometres of canals and rivers in England & Wales’ were set out last week (consultation closes 30 June 2011). The Government announced last year that the publicly-owned inland waterways, currently managed by British Waterways and the Environment Agency, should in future be managed by a new charity from April 2012.
The Government intends to transfer waterways to the charity subject to a special trust, which will be set out in a Trust Declaration requiring the waterways to be protected for the public’s benefit, in perpetuity. The Government proposes that the Trust Declaration should include ‘free access to the towpaths will be protected’.
Press release ~ Consultation: Moving inland waterways into a new charity in England and Wales ~ Public Bodies Bill
SE: Sport England has named 41 sports projects that will benefit from a £10m National Lottery fund to get more university students playing sport. The Active Universities projects will give tens of thousands of students the chance to try out a new sport, or get back into one they’ve tried before, as part of the mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Boosting student participation will have a lasting impact on grassroots sport because research shows that students who do play sport at university are far more likely to continue participating throughout their lives. It will also help tackle the issue of drop-off in sports participation that sees many young people giving up sport in their late teens & early twenties.