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Jeremy's Blog 23rd October 2020: Coronavirus Ongoing Measures

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 22nd October 2020. The coronavirus pandemic and the measures to manage it perplex the more as it goes on. All, including government, are trying to understand it as it evolves while, over time, the challenge in balancing business and health seems to become more difficult. It now looks more complex than the simple hit and then recovery, with a V-shaped model for the economy, assumed at first. “Herd immunity” seems distant...

Jeremy's Blog 09/10/20: Profit, Schemes and Work

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 8th October 2020. Over 4 years after the Referendum, we seem finally to be on the brink of new policies being introduced after the EU transition period ends with New Year’s Eve, with increasing effects on clients and for professional work for them. The Agriculture Bill, providing policy powers for DEFRA, Wales and Northern Ireland, is in its final stages before Royal Assent, perhaps completed in the next few days....

Hendy Review of UK Transport Connections

An independent review will consider ways to improve transport connections by road, rail, air and sea across the whole of the UK. Sir Peter Hendy's review, which is due to report in summer 2021, will look at the potential feasibility and economic case of options for: Reviewing air links within the UK Exploring the cost, practicality and demand for a new fixed link between Great Britain and Northern Ireland Boosting road and rail links to Scotland Cutting journey times to North Wales by...

Jeremy's Blog 5/10/2020: Future Land Use

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 1st October 2020. Last Monday (28th September) saw two press reports illuminating possible futures. The widely publicised one was the Prime Minister’s “30 by 30” pledge to increase the area of the UK devoted “to nature” to 30 per cent by 2030. The one tucked away in the financial pages was the government’s support for insect farming companies, producing black soldier fly larvae in sheds as poultry and fish feed....

CAAV launches Facilitating Dispute Resolution service

Having an arbitrator is about to be made more practical, as the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) launches its service Facilitating Dispute Resolution. The Agriculture Bill is to give the CAAV the power to appoint arbitrators in England and Wales, meaning it can now appoint official arbitrators in farm tenancy disputes. With that proposed standing, the CAAV is also developing a broader service – launched at the CAAV’s Annual Conference - for all forms of dispute resolution...

Jeremy's Blog 25/9/2020: International Risk

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 24th September 2020 Agriculture is remarkable as a sector of small businesses exposed directly to international economic markets. We are used to the influence of exchange rates on farm earnings, as so many produce commodities for what have become global markets. The £/€ rate for produce and subsidies has explained much of the movement in farming incomes. The oil price and dollar movements are revealed in fuel and other...

NEW PODCAST on Renewing Telecoms Agreements

Kate Russell reviews recent case law which sheds light on the correct approach to the renewal of telecoms agreements under the Electronic Communications Code in England and Wales. Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Catch-up on previous episodes here....

Jeremy's Blog 18/9/2020: The New Regime

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 17th September 2020. As the Agriculture Bill enters its final straight, ministers have talked of the next steps in creating England’s post-Brexit regime, stressing productivity as interlinked with “public goods”: “our natural resources essential for food production”. A major series of statements and consultations are to come towards the end of the year with: the plan for the coming schemes giving “further...

Metaldehyde to be banned from 2022

The Government has announced that metaldehyde - most commonly used to control slugs - is to be banned for both commercial and domestic outdoor use from March 2022. Sales of metaldehyde will be prohibited after 31st March 2021. The statement by Farming Minister Victoria Prentis can be found on the GOV.uk website.

ICAEW Farming and Rural Business Conference 2020

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales is holding a virtual Farming and Rural Business Conference on 29th and 30th September 2020. The keynote speaker is Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, and the cost for non-members is £100+VAT. Details and booking are available via the ICAEW website.

Welsh Government funding for the countryside

The Welsh Government has made £7.4 million available for improving access to the countryside, investing in green infrastructure and improving sustainability. The funds will be awarded to National Parks, AONBs and Local Authorities. Further details can be found on the Welsh Government website.

Jeremy's Blog 11/09/20: Deal or No-deal?

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 10th September 2020. We are now 16 weeks to the end of the EU transition period. If a deal is to be in place for 1st January, it needs substantial agreement by mid-October. This week has highlighted the possibility that the negotiating mandates preclude a deal acceptable to both the UK and the EU. Aside from fisheries, the major problems are understood to lie around the relationship between future UK rules and evolving EU...

The Prince's Farm Resilience Programme 2020

The Prince's Countryside Fund has opened registration for the Prince's Farm Resilience Programme 2020. The Programme enables family farm businesses to access free business skills and environmental training to help improve business viability. More detail can be found on the PCF website where there is a link to register interest in taking part....

£11.5 billion for affordable homes in England

England's Housing Minister Robert Jenrick has announced £11.5 billion of new funding for affordable homes in England which is intended to deliver 180,000 homes in the period to 2026. The homes will be a mix of tenures, including a new Shared Ownership model and affordable rented property. Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website.

CAAV adopts technology to drive agriculture’s future

Embracing technological advancements will be a major element in progressive farming in the coming years, and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) is arming its members with the tools to help. Speaking at the virtual CAAV AGM and conference on 3 September, incoming president, Andrew Thomas, said the end of this year will hail a big transition for the rural sector. “There are huge changes ahead for our members and clients, whether we end up on World Trade Organisation terms...

Jeremy's Blog 3rd September 2020: Farming Productivity and Business Change

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 3rd September 2020. Most of farming faces the same economic problems as it faced before the pandemic. The poor harvest emphasises the concerns about poor cash flow as farming goes into 2021, facing whatever may come as the EU transition period ends. That draws attention to the long run issues of poor profitability and productivity growth that might now be...

Jeremy's Blog 27/8/2020: Valuations under the Electronic Communications Code

With the long, fraught arguments over telecommunications masts, the last fortnight has doubled the number of Tribunal decisions on valuation, developing a picture of what Tribunals consider to be the main arguments. CTIL v Fothringham (in the Lands Tribunal for Scotland) follows EE v Islington in considering the rent for a new Code agreement. Vodafone v Hanover considers the rent on the renewal of a lease protected by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (CTIL v Ashloch having decided that such...

Covid-19 ban on evictions in England extended by 4 weeks

The Government has extended the temporary ban on evictions from dwellings in England, which was due to end this Sunday, by a further four weeks and introduced a new requirement for notices to be at least 6 months in duration. Further detail is available on the GOV.UK website.

Jeremy's Blog 21st August 2020: The Use of Algorithms

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 20th August 2020. Algorithm – a set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operation. While as simple as that, a word more used in computing than the pub has been thrust into daylight by the attempt to give examination grades without holding examinations. An algorithm is simply a tool, depending on how data are selected and assumptions about how they are handled. It can only be as good as those...

Jeremy's Blog 13/08/20: A Radical Shock for Planners?

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 13th August 2020. The proposals in the two planning consultation papers issued last week for England appear to be a genuinely radical shock for the system. They go much further than the zoning proposals of the headlines, shaking the 70 year old foundations of planning and what local planning authorities do. Focussed on housing, rather than other development, the force of the proposals lies in their approach to housing...

England: The Getting Building Fund

The Government has released details of hundreds of projects which will be supported by the £900 million Getting Building Fund in England, including housing development, regeneration schemes, education and healthcare projects. The projects will be delivered through LEPs and details can be found on the GOV.UK website....

Secretariat - Alice De Soer

Alice De Soer is leaving the Secretariat at the end of Friday, 31st July. We thank her for her work in that capacity over the years, for which she was recognised by the award of the CAAV’s Kenneth Glenny Prize in 2015, and wish her well for the future. Calls and e-mails regarding her work areas should come to the Secretariat at Harts Barn Farmhouse. Consideration is being given to the skills and dispositions that might now be needed in the Secretariat....

Jeremy's Blog 30th July 2020: Agricultural Policy in England

Jeremy's Blog 30th July 2020 The New Agricultural Policy in England is Coming This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 30/7/20 The reality of the new English agricultural policy, outside the EU, is imminent. Ministers are adamant that the first cut in Basic Payment will start the transition period in 2021, seeing new policies phased in. With more detail promised in an autumn statement, that seven year process was again outlined in the Government’s replies to...

Jeremy's Blog 23rd July 2020: Environmental Policy

Jeremy's Blog 23/07/2020 Environmental Policy This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 23rd July 2020 George Eustice, DEFRA Secretary of State, has consistently argued that the opportunity of Brexit is to “do policy better”. As developing post-Brexit policies and the emerging post-Covid policies blend, he has now set this argument out for environmental policy. Those concerned with the management of rural land should see the scale of the ambition for such...

Jeremy's Blog 16/07/20 - Economics and taxation

Jeremy's Blog 16/07/2020 Economics and Taxation This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 16th July 2020. We have this year seen parts of the modern economy unravel, enormous injections of public money to support continuity, the acceleration of business change and the possibility of working with virus restrictions for some time to come. The response to that has been to focus on re-growing the economy and unlocking productivity improvement in the wider economy....

Jeremy's Blog 9th July 2020: Dispute Resolution

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 9th July 2020. Much of members’ work is about advising and negotiating for parties to achieve an agreement. Sometimes it needs a third party to help them or to decide the matter. That is dispute resolution. That help may come from early neutral evaluation or from a mediator; the answer may come from an expert or an arbitrator. With the Agriculture Bill’s proposal for the President of the CAAV to have statutory status...

Green Homes Grant

It is being widely reported in the press that tomorrow (8th July) Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce a Green Homes Grant, which will offer grants to homeowners to improve insulation in their property. We will provide further briefing to members when full details are known.

Jeremy's Blog 2/7/2020: Planning for Recovery

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 2nd July 2020. The interruption to public life and the economy created by the pandemic is now both a prompt and political cover for change in the planning system that would be more controversial in other circumstances. The Government is beginning to set out its recovery programme, with measures to keep current development moving, to enable change and soon more detail as to how infrastructure and major change in planning will...

NEW PODCAST - Unlocking Development

The Prime Minister has set out his vision for investment in the economy to help the UK “build back better” after the Covid-19 pandemic. In this episode, Jeremy Moody discusses how the government is eager to unlock development through reforms to the planning system and investment in infrastructure. ​ Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Catch-up on previous episodes here. ​...

Government agrees to establish a Trade and Agriculture Commission

Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, has announced that the Government will establish a Trade and Agriculture Commission to make recommendations for agricultural trade policy, higher animal welfare standards and export opportunities for UK agriculture. The announcement was made on Twitter and reported on the NFU website....

Announcing our next Webinar – Dispute Resolution in the Countryside

CAAV Webinar - Dispute Resolution in the Countryside Thursday, 16th July 2020 10:15am – 11:30am Agricultural and other business disputes need cost effective, timely and practical answers. The courts are clogged and expect people to find other answers. With the Agriculture Bill, the CAAV is preparing for its President to appoint arbitrators in tenancy disputes with their considerable powers under the Arbitration Act. That brings the work of presenting clients’ arguments or in being an...

Prime Minister's Speech on the Economy

The Prime Minister has made a speech setting out an ambitious programme to drive the economy forward in the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. In it he pledged to tackle investment in schools and hospitals, build flood defences and plant 30,000 ha of trees per year and to invest in transport infrastructure, including a study of transport links to the four countries of the United Kingdom. The Government press release can be found on the GOV.UK website....

Jeremy's Blog 25th June 2020: Business Review

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 25th June 2020 UK agriculture typically earns some £22 billion from food production and draws some £3 billion in subsidies with an ex-subsidy surplus of £1 to £2 billion. Looking more closely, of that £22 billion of farming’s commercial activity, in descending order: almost 20 per cent comes from dairying with BPS equal to 6% of sales almost 20 per cent from grazing livestock with BPS equal to 34% of sales some...

Tribunals - advice and guidance during Covid-19

Advice and guidance on how the Tribunals across the UK are dealing with cases during the Covid-19 restrictions is available online. This includes information for applicants on how to submit applications during the restrictions and what level of service is currently being supported. In most cases there are likely to be delays in acknowledging and handling applications while most staff are still not working in their usual offices. The use of email is encouraged rather than post. For England and...

Jeremy's Blog 18th June 2020: Towards Better Arbitration

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 18th June 2020 The Agriculture Bill, moving to its Committee stage in the House of Lords, means that the CAAV is working to be ready for the President’s role as a statutory appointer of arbitrators under the 1986 and 1995 Acts. That work is also looking more broadly at all forms of dispute resolution, with a wider application than tenancies and across the United Kingdom. The aim is a service to the rural economy that...

CPA Webinar: Top Tips for Going to the Tribunal

The Compulsory Purchase Association is holding a webinar on Top Tips for Going to the Tribunal, aimed principally at more junior professionals who may not have experienced the Tribunal themselves. The webinar takes place on 29th July 2020 and details may be found on the CPT Events website....

Clarity Needed on Scottish Energy Efficiency Regulations

The CAAV has joined SLE, Scottish Association of Landlords and Historic Houses Scotland in writing to Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, to ask for clarity over the new Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations. The Regulations were approved in March but were not made, as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold; it is not yet known when the Regulations will be brought into force. The four organisations have asked: That expenditure...

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