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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.

Two month window opens for BPS 2020 applications and Stewardship claims

12 March 2020

The two month window for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2020 applications and annual revenue claims for existing Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreements has opened. BPS applications and CS/ ES claims must be submitted by 15th May 2020 to avoid late claim penalties. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

NEW PODCAST on the 2020 Budget

12 March 2020

Following yesterday’s budget announcement, we have recorded a new podcast episode.

This is the first budget of Boris Johnson’s majority government and the newly appointed Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. Packed with announcements and substantial spending commitments, what does it all mean for rural business owners? Tune in to hear Jeremy Moody’s expert analysis of the policy changes and new fiscal measures.

Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts

Catch-up on previous episodes here

 

UK interest rate cut to 0.25%

11 March 2020

The Bank of England has cut the interest rate to 0.25% today (11th March 2020) as part of the response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Scotland begins making CAP convergence payments to farmers and crofters

04 March 2020

The Scottish Government has made initial CAP convergence payments worth £86.2 million to over 17,400 farmers and crofters. This represents the first tranche of a £160 million convergence funding package. A further payment should be made in the "coming weeks". More information can be found in the Scottish Government's News Release.

RPA pays almost 99% of Basic Payment Scheme claimants

04 March 2020

The RPA has issued an update on payments under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship. The headline figures given in the update are:-

  • BPS 2020 payments have been made to almost 99% of eligible claimants (total value of £1.76 billion);
  • Environmental Stewardship (ES) - 77% of agreement holders should have received a full payment for ES 2019 annual revenue claims (total value of £133 million); and
  • Countryside Stewardship (CS) - 37% of agreement holders should have received a full payment for CS 2019 annual revenue claims.

The remaining ES and CS 2019 payments should be made by 30th June 2020, the end of the payment window.

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