Is DEFRA diverting European grant money

This disturbing news item from the BBC tells of how DEFRA is cutting back the grant money for the upkeep and restoration of the British Canal system operated by British Waterways.

As anyone who lives on or near a canal will know, as the signs all along them proudly state that the restoration and upkeep is funded by European Union grants.

The UK government provides funds from the British taxpayer for the running of British Waterways, and its operating costs, but with most of the capital works that it undertakes funded by the UK Lottery, the Heritage Fund, the European Union and private contributors.

If the case is true that UK government grants are being cut back, what is DEFRA doing with all that European Money?
Has DEFRA been told by Brown to pay for flood damage out of existing planned programmes?
Robbing Peter to pay Paul? more Gordonomics?

a quick google search 'british waterways european grants' will show how much euro money has and is spent on our canals.

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