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Ban on evictions in England & Wales extended

08 June 2020

The Government has announced that the ban on evictions from private and social rented housing, put in place to protect tenants during the coronavirus pandemic, will be extended to 23rd August 2020.

Jeremy Moody - ‘Tomorrow’s Work: Perspective on the Future of Land Management’

06 June 2020

Jeremy Moody recently presented a webinar with Land Management 2.0 on ‘Tomorrow’s Work: Perspective on the Future of Land Management’.

You can watch a full recording of the presentation below.

Welsh COVID-19 Dairy Hardship Fund to open for applications from 18th June

04 June 2020

Further to DEFRA's confirmation of the English COVID-19 Dairy Hardship Fund opening for applications from 18th June 2020, the Welsh Government has confirmed that the Welsh fund will open on the same day. 

Eligible Welsh dairy farmers need to show they suffered a reduction of 25% or more in the average milk price they received in April and May, when compared with February 2020. Up to £10,000 funding is available to cover approximately 70% of the lost income.

Farmers will need to provide their Milk Statement covering February, April and May 2020. Payments should be made within 10 days.

The application window will close on 14th August 2020.

English COVID-19 Dairy Hardship Fund to open for applications from 18th June

03 June 2020

DEFRA has confirmed that the COVID-19 dairy hardship fund announced on 6th May will open for applications from 18th June 2020. Up to £10,000 funding will be available for eligible dairy farmers to cover up to 70% of losses experienced during April and May due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

To be eligible, dairy farmers need to show there was a reduction of 25% or more in the base price paid for their milk in April 2020 compared with February 2020.

Guidance and the application form should be published on the gov.uk website before 18th June, but potentially eligible farmers are being encouraged to get ready now by preparing details of production levels in February, April and May 2020.

The RPA expects to start making payments to eligible applicants from 6th July 2020.

Environmental projects given support to attract private sector investment

01 June 2020

Four environmental projects to protect and restore key habitats have been selected for funding under a pilot scheme looking to encourage private sector investment in such projects. The four projects receiving this funding are:-

  • Devon Wildlife Trust - Restoration of the River Caen wetlands;
  • Rivers Trust - Natural Flood Management in the River Wyre catchment;
  • NFU - Poole Harbour Nutrient Management Scheme; and
  • Moors for the Future Partnership - Peatland restoration in the Pennines.

Further details can be found on the gov.uk website.

RPA completes agri-environment scheme bridging payments

01 June 2020

The RPA has confirmed that over 3,800 bridging payments were made in May for 2019 Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship unpaid revenue claims. Further details can be found on the gov.uk website.

Vacancies for Landowner Lay Members of the Welsh Agricultural Land Tribunal

28 May 2020

The Welsh Agricultural Land Tribunal is seeking to appoint 3 landowner lay members to its panel. Successful applicants should have a good knowledge and experience of land management in Wales and be able to bring that to bear in considering cases.

The closing date for applications is 10th June 2020 and further details are available on the Judicial Appointments Commission website.

NEW PODCAST on Borwick v Clear Water – the fish that got away!

28 May 2020

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Borwick Development Solutions Limited v Clear Water Fisheries Limited considered whether solar panels and commercial fish pass to a buyer of the land.  As the first such case on solar panels and with few legal precedents for the fish, Jeremy Moody gives a fascinating commentary on the case where fish possibly worth over £1m got away!

Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts

Catch-up on previous episodes here

Oxford Farming Conference goes virtual for 2021

21 May 2020

The organisers of the Oxford Farming Conference have announced that it will be held as a one day digital event on Thursday 7th January 2021.

From June to December 2020, OFC will hold monthly webinars to debate themes from previous conferences. To register for the free OFC Bitesize webinars, go to https://www.ofc.org.uk/conference/2021

NEW PODCAST on the energy efficiency regulations for let houses in Scotland

19 May 2020

New Regulations have been made in Scotland which will prevent landlords from letting private rented residential property if it has an EPC in Band F or G. Originally due to come into force on 1st April 2020, their introduction was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kate Russell explains what the Regulations will require and offers some tips for landlords to plan head for their introduction.

Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts

Catch-up on previous episodes here

Agriculture Bill completes House of Commons journey

14 May 2020

The Agriculture Bill passed its final stages in the House of Commons yesterday (13th May 2020) and should be on track to pass through Parliament by this summer. Further information is available in DEFRA's Blog.

Covid-19: Estate and Letting Agents may re-open in England

13 May 2020

Estate agents and letting agents may re-open in England as the latest public health regulations, which come into force today (13th May 2020) now permit people to leave their homes in order to

  • Visit estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes
  • View residential properties to look for a property to buy or rent
  • Prepare a residential property to move in
  • Move home
  • Visit a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property.

COVID-19: Government extends furlough scheme to October

12 May 2020

The Government has announced that it will extend its furlough scheme to the end of October. From August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time and employers will be asked to pay a contribution to the cost of furlough salaries. Further detail is available on the GOV.UK website.

Wales announces new funding to support dairy farmers affected by COVID-19

11 May 2020

Wales' Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has announced funding for eligible dairy farmers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Where dairy farmers have lost more than 25% of their income in April and May, they should be entitled for up to £10,000 funding to cover 70% of lost income. Further information is available on the gov.wales website.

Agriculture Bill proceeds to next stage in Parliament

07 May 2020

DEFRA has confirmed that the Agriculture Bill has been scheduled to complete its remaining stages in the House of Commons next Wednesday, 13th May 2020. It is still anticipated that the Bill should receive Royal Assent this summer.

New hardship fund to support dairy farmers affected by COVID-19 outbreak

06 May 2020

DEFRA has announced a new hardship fund for English dairy farmers to assist with the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Each farmer should be able to access up to £10,000 funding to cover 70% of lost income during April and May. Please see the gov.uk website for a news release. Further details of this new hardship fund will be issued "in due course".

Marian Spain appointed as Natural England's chief executive

05 May 2020

Marian Spain has been appointed as the permanent chief executive of Natural England, having been serving as interim chief executive since December 2018. Please see the gov.uk website for further details.

Pick for Britain - seasonal farm work

29 April 2020

The Pick for Britain website https://pickforbritain.org.uk/ offers information and guidance on seasonal jobs in agriculture, with links to jobs, frequently asked questions and Government guidance. Those who have been furloughed by employers may be able to take on seasonal farm work if their contract of employment does not prevent it.

RPA confirms bridging payments for outstanding 2019 Stewardship revenue payments

28 April 2020

The RPA has confirmed that bridging payments will be issued to Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship agreement holders who have not received a 2019 revenue claim payment. The payments should be 75% of the current estimated claim value and issued this May. Please see the gov.uk website for further details.

NEW PODCAST - Good Practice in Statutory Compensation Claims

28 April 2020

Kate Russell of the CAAV explains why good practice is so important in compulsory purchase and other statutory compensation claims and highlights some of the key messages for agents involved in this work.

Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts

Catch-up on previous episodes here

 

 

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