BHS pleased with chancellor’s autumn statement

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Equine insurance customers up and down the country could soon be able to take advantage of new and improved pathways to take their horses on after the chancellor of the exchequer announced a £2 million Paths for Communities scheme.

Under the initiative, new paths carrying rights for equestrians, walkers and cyclists will be created all over the country and chairman of the British Horse Society (BHS) Dr Phil Wadley said it was about time public money went to this cause.

Dr Wadley added this scheme is great for all sorts of vulnerable users such as horses and cyclists because there will be motorised vehicles allowed, which takes away unnecessary hazards.

BHS director of access, safety and welfare Mark Weston continued: "With riders currently enjoying access to only 22 per cent of all rights of way and carriage drivers faring even less well, this initiative marks an important turning point."

Last month, equine insurance subscribers were encouraged to head to the Neath Valley area of Wales as a new 300km track was opened for riders to enjoy.

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