Angling Trust – Voluntary Bailiff Scheme

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Conference
2018 Water, Environment & Transport Conference
Date
7 February 2018
Decision
Carried as Amended

This Conference calls upon the Service Group Executive to work with the Environment Agency Sector Committee to investigate the cost / benefit of the Environment Agency funding a Voluntary Bailiff Scheme.

The Environment Agency has used Rod Licence Income to fund staff at the Angling Trust to set up a volunteer system and has provided equipment and training.

This is in a time of reducing Grant In Aid funding for fisheries where posts are being lost in area teams.

Several years on members are yet to see any benefits from this scheme and question whether the money could have been better spent on staff within the Environment Agency.

We call upon the Service Group Executive to work with the Environment Agency Sector Committee to investigate the cost / benefit of this scheme with a view to asking the Environment Agency to return the funding and work back to Environment Agency staff.