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Fraudsters targeting SPS 2012 payment recipients

17 December 2012

The RPA and the Welsh Government have issued warnings of fraudsters targeting recipients of SPS 2012 payments. It seems that telephone calls are being made by people claiming to be the farmer's bank, asking for banking details. Please see the RPA website for further information.

Feed-in Tariffs: Supreme Court appeal

22 February 2012

The Government has lodged a request for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court over changes to Feed-in Tariffs for solar pv schemes.

Farming and Forestry Improvement Grant Scheme - first grants approved

04 April 2012

DEFRA has approved approximately 1000 Farming and Forestry Improvement Grant Scheme applications submitted during the first application round earlier this year. Successful applicants should be receiving letters over the next few weeks. Further information is available on the DEFRA website. The next application round is expected to open early May 2012.

Euro exchange rate set for 2012 SPS payments

28 September 2012

The RPA has confirmed that the Euro exchange rate to be used for the calculation of 2012 SPS payments will be €1 = £0.79805 (SPS 2011 saw €1 = £0.86665). The rate is the last one set by the European Central Bank in September. Further information is available on the RPA website.

Effect of industrial action on RPA on Thursday 10th May

09 May 2012

The Public and Commercial Services Union is planning industrial action on Thursday 10th May which will affect the RPA. This is likely to cause disruption to normal services but in particular the RPA Customer Service Centre (CSC). It is hoped that the CSC will still be offering a limited service. Further information is available on the RPA website.

Drought status lifted in 19 counties

11 May 2012

The Environment Agency has confirmed that drought status has been lifted from large parts of the Midlands and south west England. Areas which remain in drought include Lincolnshire, the eastern counties, the south east and much of central southern England. Further detail is available on the Environment Agency website.

DFERA appoints interim Chair of the Forestry Commission

18 December 2012

Sir Harry Studholme has been appointed as the interim Chair of the Forestry Commission. This role is to continue until 30th June 2013. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

DEFRA seeks new members for National Park Authorities

09 January 2012

DEFRA is seeking to appoint new members to five National Park Authorities (NPAs) and the Broads Authority as follows:-
- 2 members in the New Forest, North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales NPAs 
- 1 member in the Peak District and South Downs NPAs and the Broads Authority
The appointments are to be for an initial period of up to 4 years and will commence from May 2012. The deadline for receipt of applications is 13th February 2012. Further information and application forms may be found on the DEFRA website.

DEFRA confirms pilot badger cull areas

19 January 2012

DEFRA has confirmed the two pilot badger cull areas - one in West Gloucestershire and the other in West Somerset. Natural England will now assess their licence applications against the criteria set. If successful, badger culling will take place in the pilot areas over a six week period which is likely to start this autumn. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

DEFRA appoints new Chief Scientific Adviser

24 April 2012

DEFRA has appointed Professor Ian Boyd to be its new Chief Scientific Adviser. He replaces Sir Bob Watson who has been in the role for the past five years. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

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