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Scottish Government calls for responsible use of rights of access during Covid-19

09 April 2020

The Scottish Government has called on people to be responsible in their use of rights of access to the countryside during the Covid-19 pandemic, suggesting that people should stay in their local area, maintain social distancing, respect the health and safety of farm workers and keep dogs under control.

Lantra Scotland Skills Matching Service

09 April 2020

Lantra Scotland has set up a Skills Matching Service to help rural and land-based businesses find staff with suitable skills and to help those looking for work to find suitable positions. Visit the Lantra Scotland website for more information.

NEW PODCAST on Electrical Safety Standards for Private Rented Property in England

09 April 2020

New Regulations will come into force in England in 2020 which will require all landlords of residential premises to carry out electrical safety inspections every five years. New tenancies will need to comply from 1st July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1st April 2021. Kate Russell of the CAAV reviews the new Regulations and explains what they will mean for landlords and their advisers.

Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts

Catch-up on previous episodes here

Wales confirms emergency measures to support farmers during COVID-19 outbreak

01 April 2020

Wales' Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has confirmed that the Single Application Form (SAF) deadline is now extended to 15th June 2020, giving an extra month to complete forms. She has also confirmed that the Crop Diversification requirements are being removed for BPS 2020.

To alleviate potential cash flow issues, an additional £5.5m has been allocated for the BPS and Glastir 2019 support scheme which has re-opened today for farmers who have not received their BPS and/ or Glastir 2019 payment as yet.

A Press Release is available on the Welsh Government website.

CLA and TFA Joint Statement in Challenging Times

31 March 2020

In a joint statement the TFA and CLA, with DEFRA’s support, are appealing to all rural landlords and tenants to work together collaboratively and compassionately during this unprecedented time.  The plea is made in respect of all tenancy matters, but particularly rent payments, notices to quit and finalising new tenancy agreements.

The full statement is available on the TFA and CLA websites.

Covid-19: Advice for people with animals

27 March 2020

The Government has published advice for pet owners and livestock keepers during the coronavirus outbreak: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals

Covid-19: Guidance on access to green spaces

27 March 2020

The Government has published guidance on access to green spaces, encouraging people to use green spaces near their home for exercise and not to travel to get to them.

Covid-19: Government advice on moving house during the lockdown

27 March 2020

The Government has published advice on moving house during the lockdown for the coronavirus outbreak: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

COVID-19: Letter from the Environment Secretary

27 March 2020

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, has written an open letter to the food industry thanking all those involved for their efforts so far in supporting the nation during the coronavirus outbreak.

Covid-19: Government support for self-employed

26 March 2020

On 26th March Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that self-employed workers will be able to apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. The money will be paid in a single lump sum, but will not begin to arrive until the start of June at the earliest.

 

NEW PODCAST on EPCs and MEES

26 March 2020

Podcast No. 6 - EPCs and MEES for domestic property: what you need to know

Energy efficiency in buildings is a key area for Government to tackle if it is to meet the deadline for net zero carbon by 2050. Kate Russell of the CAAV explains how the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are being implemented for let residential property in England and Wales at the moment and looks ahead to where standards will go in future.

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Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts

Catch-up on previous episodes here

Covid-19: Government to pay wages

20 March 2020

The Chancellor has announced today (20th March) that the Government will step in and pay up to 80% of wages for employees not working due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance for businesses during CV-19 outbreak

20 March 2020

Many professional firms are publishing useful guidance on their websites for businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak. As examples of what is available, Michelmores solicitors has published guidance for employers and Roythornes solicitors has published information on employment issues for farm businesses.

DEFRA relaxes crop diversification rules and confirms £6m funding for flood-affected farmers

20 March 2020

DEFRA has confirmed that the crop diversification rules under "greening" will not apply for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2020 applications. This is to assist farmers in England who have been unable to establish crops because of the prolonged wet weather and flooding.

In addition, the Farming Recovery Fund is being further extended with £6 million funding to assist farmers affected by flooding during February 2020. This support is being made available to eligible farmers in parts of East and North Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire and Herefordshire.

Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

Bank of England cuts base rate to 0.1%

19 March 2020

The Bank of England has cut the base rate to 0.1% with effect from 19th March 2020, as part of the response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
 

Protection for private renters during Covid-19 outbreak

18 March 2020

The Prime Minister has said that he will introduce legislation to prevent tenants in the private rented sector from being evicted if they are unable to pay rent due to lost earnings because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Further details are awaited.

DEFRA Response to Agricultural Tenancies Consultation

18 March 2020

DEFRA has published its response to the consultation on agricultural tenancy reform in England. A response from the Welsh Government is also expected.

Government announces emergency Coronavirus Bill

18 March 2020

The government has annouced the introduction of the Coronavirus Emergency Measures Bill to enable action in five key areas:-

1. increasing the available health and social care workforce
2. easing the burden of frontline staff
3. containing and slowing the virus
4. managing the deceased with respect and dignity
5. supporting people 

The legislation is to be time-limited for two years. Further details on the powers to be introduced can be found on the GOV.UK website. The Bill is due to be introduced into Parliament tomorrow (19th March).

Wales confirms emergency support for businesses affected by coronavirus

17 March 2020

As part of a package of financial support for businesses affected by coronavirus, the Welsh Government has confirmed:

  • 100% business rates relief will be apply for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or less; 
  • A £5,000 reduction in business rates for pubs with a rateable value between £51,000 and £100,000; and
  • £100m grant funding for small businesses - further details on this grant scheme "will be confirmed as soon as possible."

£1 million for Future Farming Resilience Funding

16 March 2020

DEFRA has confirmed that nine organisations have been awarded a proportion of £1 million funding being made available as part of a Future Farming Resilience pilot. The projects approved range from one to one advice to workshops and should assess the effectiveness of these approaches in supporting farmers and land managers through the seven year agricultural transition period from 2021. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website and DEFRA's Blog.

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