The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) is alarmed at the depth of the
cuts proposed for inland waterways navigation authority budgets following
the announcement of British Waterways grant in aid for next year (2010/11).
Reports indicate that this year's available grant of £57.448m (1.) will be
reduced to just £47.848m, representing an over 16.7% reduction.
British Waterways £57.448m grant this year, fails to address an ongoing
deficit of between £20-30 million each year just to maintain the system in
a steady state of repair. The proposed cuts will exacerbate an already