Sun. Jan 29th, 2023

Residents aboard boats along the Kennet and Avon Canal have criticized the government for their lack of assistance with energy costs.

The start of support for off-grid homes was scheduled for January, but it’s still not clear whether liveaboard boaters without moorings would be covered.

“It’s disheartening that the boating community hasn’t been taken into account,” said Dom Newton of the nonprofit Floaty Boat.

The administration promises to make a statement soon.

A nonprofit that serves the boating community, Julian House, recently recommended 100 individuals to it for financing for winter fuel.

Carla Boardman from Julian House remarked, “Demand is enormous right now; we’re swamped.”

The cost of fuel and coal, which almost quadrupled last year, has the largest effect.

Some canal users have sought assistance from organizations like Floaty Boat.

This year, there have been more pleas for assistance, according to Mr. Newton of Bradford-on-Avon, who lives along the canal.

“Our neighborhood has been heavily struck by inflation.

“At the beginning of 2022, coal cost between £14 and £15 per bag. Today, that price ranges from £17 to £19 per bag.

“To keep the boats warm on two inches of ice during the recent cold spell, we ran burners constantly.

“All we want is equality. We pay income tax as taxpayers, however we are left to fend for ourselves.

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