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Welsh Woodland Creation and Restoration Schemes to open to bids from 1st April 2019

13 March 2019

Wales' Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has confirmed that further bidding for projects under the Glastir Woodland Creation and Restoration schemes will open on 1st April 2019. Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website.

Welsh Basic Payment Scheme extended until 2021

25 November 2019

Wales' Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has confirmed that the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in Wales will continue in 2021 (subject to available UK government funding), meaning the transition to the proposed new Land Management Programme would not start until 2022. A news release is available on the Welsh Government website.

Website Update Notice

18 June 2019

Please note that this website is being updated on Wednesday, 19th June 2019, and you may encounter some minor interference whilst navigating the site.

We thank you for your patience and trust you will not encounter too much inconvenience.

Warning: More fake CAAV emails

29 August 2019

We have been told that emails continue to circulate which claim to be from the CAAV, asking members to verify their details. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE EMAILS - they are not from the CAAV. Please ignore and delete them.

Warning: Fake CAAV emails

27 August 2019

There appear to be fake emails circulating which purport to be from the CAAV, asking members to validate their details for our database. These emails were not sent by the CAAV and members are advised not to respond to it. We recommend that members ignore the request and delete the email. 

Video of Jeremy Moody presenting at the Innovation & Diversification Wales event

26 November 2019

Take a look at the video of Jeremy Moody's presentation on 'Preparing for Change' at the Innovation & Diversification Wales event.

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Use tax relief to boost farm productivity by £100m

03 October 2019

Adopting an Irish model of Income Tax relief in the UK could boost farmland lettings and increase agricultural productivity by over £100m.

According to a review of data from the Irish Revenue by the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV), the area of let land in Ireland rose to cover 7% of farmland in 2017, compared to just 2% in 2011. This followed an increase in Income Tax relief introduced in 2015 on farmland let for more than five years, explains Jeremy Moody, secretary and adviser to the CAAV. “This has had a profound effect on encouraging the letting of land and if adopted in the UK could be very beneficial.”

The increased relief starts at €18,000 (£16,000) per year for a five-to-seven-year tenancy, going up to €40,000 (£35,500) for 15-year leases.*

As a result, around 450,000 acres were newly let at arm’s length for more than five years from 2015 to 2017. “By the end of 2017 a country with no tenancy system for over a century had created 10,000 landlords,” says Mr Moody.

Initial modelling of the same relief for the UK suggests that if a further 4% of farmland in Great Britain and 15% in Northern Ireland were let in this way, the productivity gain could top £100m, explains Mr Moody. “Ireland has seen a higher proportion of farmland let for five years or more between 2015 and 2017 than England, Scotland and Wales have under all new forms of tenancy. Ireland now has 7% of its farmland let for such periods compared to about 5% in Great Britain under FBTs and limited duration tenancies, and none in Northern Ireland. There’s much greater potential for land to be let across the UK, it just needs the right encouragement.”

Increasing access to land for proficient farmers is one key to answering the UK’s agricultural productivity challenge, highlights Mr Moody. “Both Ireland and the UK have poor performance when it comes to agricultural productivity growth – averaging just 1% a year for many years. As shown in the Horizon** report, had we kept pace with the US since 2000, the contribution of UK farming to the rural economy would have been £4.3bn higher by 2013. 

“If the UK had achieved this, it would have almost doubled the Total Income From Farming, which was £4.7bn in 2018,” he says.

Moving forward, land mobility should be an important component in achieving Defra’s targets to increase the growth of UK agriculture, adds Mr Moody. “The availability of land for productive and proficient farmers who will adopt new technologies and practices needs to be improved. Adopting an Income Tax relief policy similar to that of Ireland could be the key to making this happen.”

CAAV Review Paper: TAXATION, Agricultural Productivity and Land Occupation

UCEM - New rural route for Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

29 May 2019

NEW UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF ESTATE MANAGEMENT COURSE

RURAL ROUTE FOR CHARTERED SURVEYOR DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP

A second degree apprenticeship course giving entry to the rural profession is starting this autumn at the University College of Estate Management (UCEM) at Reading.

With the course at Harper Adams now entering its second year, the UCEM course, developed in conjunction with professional practices:

  • leads to a Real Estate degree, not a specifically rural one
  • but with a rural dissertation in the fourth and final year
  • expects the employer to enable the apprentice to satisfy all the competencies required by the RICS for its APC.

The combination of professional work and training with the course and dissertation offers a route towards qualification with the CAAV.

UCEM says:

UCEM is pleased to announce that it has added a rural route to its Chartered Surveyor Degree apprenticeship.

The rural route includes an RICS accredited BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management degree, professional practice workshops and the RICS Rural APC pathway as the end-point assessment.  The project that is completed in the final year of the four-year BSc degree will be on a Rural topic and will be supervised and marked by a Rural Real Estate academic.

This route does not include a specialist Rural degree, the employer will be required to provide the apprentice with workplace training to enable all (Level 1, 2 and 3) competencies required by the RICS for the Rural APC pathway to be met. UCEM will need to be confident that the apprentice will have the opportunity to develop these competencies in the workplace before accepting the apprentice.

The Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship is a Level 6 apprenticeship and the funding cap is £27k. Apprenticeship Levy payers will pay this sum from their Levy account. Non-Levy payers will pay 5% of the total cost of the apprenticeship. The apprenticeship lasts for 56 months, of which the degree takes 48 months. The final 8 months allows the apprentices to finalise their structured training, case study and CPD and prepare for final APC assessment.

For further details, please contact Meryl Bonser on m.bonser@ucem.ac.uk

Tony Juniper CBE appointed as Natural England's Chair

13 March 2019

Tony Juniper has been confirmed as Natural England's chair. He will take up the role from 23rd April 2019. Further information is available on GOV.UK.

Tips and reminders for English BPS 2019 applications

07 May 2019

With just over one week until 15 May deadline for BPS 2019 claims, the CAAV's Alice De Soer gives essential tips about applying in England in the attached Farmers Weekly article.

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