This is entry No.24, first published on 28 January 2011, of a blog on public bodies reform. Click here to view the whole blog.

Defra announced on 26 January (see here) that an independent Advisory Panel has been set up to provide advice to the Government as British Waterways makes the transition from public corporation to charitable body in England and Wales. Evidently, the Panel first met on 21 December. It is chaired by Andrew Hind, former chair of the Charity Commission and the other members are Roger Clarke, Dinah Nichols and Robion Ritzema. We now await publication of the proposed public consultation on the detailed proposals promised for early 2011.

For more general background information and commentary, see blog entry No.4