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CAAV supports anti-money laundering Flag It Up campaign

26 October 2018

The CAAV is lending its support to the Government's campaign to raise awareness of anti-money laundering requirements for those involved in property sales and purchases. The Flag It Up campaign will help professionals involved in property sales to identify suspicious activity which may be connected to money laundering and to report it to the authorities.

Further information can be found in the Government press release:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-campaign-to-prevent-properties-bought-with-dirty-money

CAAV Presidential Team for 2018

02 July 2018

At the 2018 CAAV Annual Conference and AGM in Edinburgh on 29th June 2018, the new Presidential Team for the coming year was elected. Geoff Coster of Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Association was elected President; Geoff works for the Valuation Office Agency in Shrewsbury and is the first public servant to become President of the CAAV. David Brooks of Essex was elected Senior Vice President and Andrew Thomas of South Wales and Monmouthshire is the new Junior Vice-President.

CAAV Examinations – Results for 2018

17 December 2018

17th December 2018

The 2018 CAAV examination results are being sent out to candidates today. 

We are pleased to welcome 83 new Fellows, a very similar number to the 84 who achieved the FAAV qualification to last year.  With a higher than average pass rate, average marks in all parts of the examinations are consistent with previous years.

We congratulate all who have been successful this year and offer best wishes for next year to those who passed part only or failed.  Those wanting a feedback session on the Written part should contact the Secretariat and for the Practical/Oral part, the local examination convenor.

We thank the examination convenors, examiners and all who have helped for their work and commitment in this important part of the CAAV’s life and future.  

We will, as every year, be reviewing this year’s examinations and the lessons to be learnt for future examinations at our January Examinations Conference to keep this key rural professional qualification up to date.

BSE Case Confirmed in Aberdeenshire

18 October 2018

The BBC News website is reporting that there has been a case of BSE confirmed on a farm in Aberdeenshire. Further information is also available on the Scottish Government website.

BPS 2018 payments made to more than 65% of English claimants

06 December 2018

The RPA has confirmed that BPS 2018 payments were made to 55,179 claimants (over 65%) on Monday 3rd December. The RPA says it is "on track" to pay at least 90% of claimants by 31st December 2018. Please see GOV.UK for further information.

Bank of England Base Rate Moves to 0.75%

06 August 2018

On Thursday 2nd August 2018 the Bank of England raised its base rate from 0.5% to 0.75%. This is the first time that the base rate has exceeded 0.5% since March 2009.

Ash dieback found on three new host species of tree in the UK

08 August 2018

The Forestry Commission is urging people to report any suspected sightings of ash dieback by using the 'Tree Alert' system. This follows the discovery of three new species of trees and shrubs which have tested positive for ash dieback at Westonbirt Arboretum. Further details are available on GOV.UK.

Agriculture Bill to be introduced into Parliament today

12 September 2018

The Agriculture Bill is being introduced into Parliament today and sets out in broad terms how the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will be replaced in England by an Environmental Land Management system which is to use "public money for public goods" and will begin tests and trials next year (2019) and pilots from 2021.

  • BPS will remain "on the same basis as now" for 2019 and 2020, with simplifications being made where possible. There will then be a 7 year "agricultural transition" period from 2021 to 2027 when BPS will be phased out.
  • Capping is to be applied to all BPS claimants, rather than just those with high payments as suggested in DEFRA's Health and Harmony consultation, but those with higher payments will be subject to a bigger reduction.
  • BPS payments are to be "delinked" during the "agricultural transition" period (2021-2027) from the existing requirement to carry out an "agricultural activity" on agricultural land. Instead, the payments "may be calculated according to money received in previous years", so could see an historic reference period applied.
  • BPS 2027 will be the final year of direct payments.

Further details will be given on this website once the Bill has been published.

Advice on hedges for BPS and Countryside Stewardship 2018

03 April 2018

Following the RPA's publication of new mapping information about hedges on the online digital maps on the Rural Payments service, Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) has given advice about how to deal with hedges for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Countryside Stewardship in 2018 in a Farmers Weekly article to appear in this week's edition.

Further information can also be found in the DEFRA guidance on 'How to check and change your hedge information 2018'.

Additional £80m Rural Development Programme funding announced in Wales

11 December 2018

The Welsh Government has confirmed additional funding will be made available under the Rural Development Programme as follows:-

  • £62.9m for the extension of Glastir Advanced, Commons and Organic contracts to 2021
  • Additional application round of Glastir Small Grants
  • £16m for the Sustainable Production Grant
  • Continued support under the Farm Business Grant

Please see the Welsh Government website for the news release.

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