Taking Action - The Scout Association vs UK Government/Ofwat

Protesters: The Scout Association Target: UK Government/Ofwat Location: Houses of Parliament Date: 16 July

The Scout Association protest
The Scout Association protest

The lowdown

More than 100 Cub Scouts aged eight to ten visited Parliament to protest against changes to water charges that are threatening Scout groups across the UK. The group met local MPs and environment minister Huw Irranca-Davies. Initially the children were banned from attending Parliament because they are too young to vote. New Speaker John Bercow overturned the ban two weeks ago after MPs wrote to him describing the decision as 'unacceptable'.

Why the protest?

Water services regulation authority Ofwat has changed its guidance to water companies, which are planning to charge voluntary groups for the water that drains off their properties. The Scout Association believes this 'rain tax' could cost Scout groups, churches and sports clubs £100m a year. The association wants Ofwat to reverse the changes to its guidance - or it wants the Government to intervene.

How did the media cover the march?

Third Sector magazine wrote a piece about the proposed ban on the Scouts' visit, the overturning of the ban, and the protest itself. Children & Young People Now covered the protest under the headline 'Scouts challenge MPs over changes to water charges'. CBBC Newsround ran an online article and a video about the protest, while bbc.co.uk also covered the story.

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