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Jeremy's Blog 17th September 2021: Social Care, Planning and Tax

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 9th September 2021. The fascinating politics of the last few days reveal serious conundrums as the government navigates between its existing voters wanting protection and the needs of its potential voters.While little may have been done to reform or even fund social care, the threat of crippling care costs to existing homeowners and their heirs appears reduced. It is now reported that their concerns see teeth drawn from the...

Jeremy's Blog 10th September 2021: Carbon and Other Deals

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 9th September 2021. The fledgling world of transactions for environmental commitments is very young and potentially very innocent. It may match the early days for solar panels after Feed-in Tariffs were introduced in spring 2010 when initial activity moved faster than understanding or clearer perspective on value, opportunity and risk. We see a shifting balance from agreements for running payments for actions (common in...

Jeremy Moody's Blog 3rd September 2021: Supply Chains

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 26th August 2021 From the start of the pandemic, the Government’s concern has been to maintain contracts and activity in the economy. It has done so with measures such as the furlough scheme protecting employment contracts and grants and loans to tide businesses through. The resilience of the food supply chain passed its test last spring. As lockdown has eased, so the economy regained ground and unemployment stayed low....

CAAV EXAMINATIONS 2021

We are now processing the applications for this year’s examination on 10th and 11th November and will be confirming acceptance to the good number of candidates who have come forward. For those who are also taking the RICS APC this autumn we are aware that an IT problem in RICS’ ARC system is leading it to slip its timetables including those for APC interviews. We are in touch with the RICS with a view to ensuring that there are no clashes for candidates. We will brief further as soon as the...

Jeremy's Blog 27th August 2021: New Policies to Challenge Many

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 26th August 2021 All parts of the UK are now shaping future agricultural policy. This week’s consultation paper from Scotland and policy framework from Northern Ireland follow England’s implementation of change and the Welsh Government’s confirmation of next year’s Agriculture Bill.Policies for climate change and biodiversity have increasing priority alongside wider environmental concerns and business performance. The...

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Free IT Advice for Farmers in Herefordshire & Gloucestershire

Farmers in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire can attend free workshops and one-to-one advice sessions, covering a range of IT topics, such as new software, hardware, use of social media, online marketing and websites. Offered as part of Fastershire's Business Support Programme, 'Faster Farmers' is one of the initiatives linked with the rollout of cable broadband in the area.

Jeremy's Blog 20th August 2021: Business Perspective for Farming Choices

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 19th August 2021 The old saying is that a farmer only controls what is under his boot. Weather, governments, markets and all are external, to be taken as they come. Looking to what can be controlled is particularly important at such a time of change. The problem is less uncertainty than perspective, seeing where value, reward and risk really lie. Too great a focus on the changing landscape of schemes draws the eye and mind...

Jeremy's Blog 13th August 2021: Tenancy Agreements

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 12th August 2021 The CAAV has now published new editions of the model FBTs for England: one for largely bare land agreements for two years or less, the other for longer agreements and more fully equipped land – weblinks given below. New editions for Wales were issued earlier in the year. Revisions last year responded to Brexit; these pick up on the new policies under the Agriculture Act and the Environment Bill. They are...

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Government to Trial installing Fibre Optic in Water Pipes

The Government has announced plans to trial the rollout of broadband by utilising existing water pipes to install fibre optic cables. This new scheme could support the £5 billion Project Gigabit plan to level up broadband access in hard-to-reach areas as well as the £1 billion Shared Rural Network, which aims to create reliable 4G phone signals to many of the most isolated parts of the country....

Jeremy's Blog 5th August 2021: Managing Risks in Environmental Agreements

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 29th July 2021 Understanding risks is a key part of making a market work. A buyer wants to know exactly what is being bought; the seller wants to contain the risks in that. Market pressures, contract law, consumer protection and other interventions seek to help with means, like the Land Registry, to authenticate major assets. Environmental agreements, including biodiversity gain, have risks as much as any other transaction....

Nothing New Under The Sun - Agricultural Valuers At Work 4000 Years Ago

Clay tablets can last longer than parchment, papyrus and paper, keeping records of contracts, debts and now of the sale of part of a field in central Iraq four millennia ago. Dr Daniel Mansfield of the University of New South Wales has shown that, with the legal details, the Old Babylonian tablet Si.427 records the right angled triangles used to measure the areas and give more exact rectangles than in earlier tablet to get the boundaries right, towards 1900BC and over a thousand years before...

Jeremy's Blog 30th July 2021: Life of the Profession

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 29th July 2021. The further easing of pandemic restrictions enabled by widespread vaccination and past infections opens up thoughts of how the personal and social side of professional life, business and fellowship might resume. We are looking at what the new balance might be that, across the range of ways we work, combines efficient professional support and the social interaction of a wider life. While judging risk, there is...

Jeremy's Blog 23rd July 2021: Planning

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 22nd July 2021. The Government in London is clearing desks before Parliament goes into Recess tonight. Tuesday saw statements on planning policy for housing in England, one of the most significant controversies for the coming months. The bones of the policy set out in August 2020’s White Paper are for: 300,000 houses a year, allocated where house price/local earnings ratios show demand councils to identify growth...

Scottish Home Energy Efficiency Programmes: Area Based Schemes

The Scottish Government has announced an increase to the funding that will be available for the 2021/22 period for the area based Home Energy Efficiency Programmes. Area Based Schemes are delivered by local authorities targeting fuel poor areas and communities. Funding also targets the 'hardest to treat' properties which require external wall or complex cavity wall insulation, making homes warmer and less expensive to heat. £64 million - an increase of £9 million on last year - will be made...

Countryside Stewardship: Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Exemption Guidance

DEFRA has released the latest list of Countryside Stewardship options that are available on land that has been designated by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as conditionally exempt from Inheritance Tax (IHT) or as the object of a Maintenance Fund. Options may be excluded to avoid the issue of double funding: for example, where it is already a requirement of IHT Heritage Relief to maintain historic parkland, funding for the same activities will not be available through Countryside Stewardship....

Tamworth potato processor fined £6,500 for water pollution incident

A Tamworth potato processor has been fined £6,500 for a pollution incident killing over 450 fish. The company pleaded guilty to an offence under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations, 2010. A total financial penalty of £21,264 was imposed on the company which included a contribution to prosecution costs of £10,000. The pollution resulted from a split pipe pumping into the lagoon, and a crude attempt had been made to repair it. This was discharging into a ditch then...

Jeremy's Blog 9th July 2021: Extreme Heat

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 8th July 2021. Government announcements will see yet more focus not only on mitigating climate change (just now modelled by the Office for Budget Responsibility to cost Government less than its Covid measures) but also on adapting to and preparing for the new conditions. The UK, leaning into the Atlantic at median latitudes, appears better buffered from extreme change than many parts of the world but that is relative. The...

Welsh Government announces three-pronged approach to address "second home crisis"

On 6th July, The Welsh Minister for Climate Change, Julie James, set out an “ambitious three-pronged approach” to address the impact of second home ownership on Wales’ communities. The three-pronged approach will focus on: support - addressing affordability and availability of housing,regulatory framework and system - covering planning law and the introduction of a statutory registration scheme for holiday accommodation; anda fairer contribution - using national and local taxation...

Jeremy's Blog 2nd July 2021: Environmental Payments

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 1st July 2021. Seven months after the Agriculture Act and England’s Agricultural Transition Plan with its new schemes, DEFRA has published its approach to payments for environmental land management above the regulatory baseline. The Welsh Government has talked of payments appropriate for the value of environmental services achieved. Both have high ambitions to achieve real environmental improvement, knowing that needs a new...

DEFRA Webinars on the Lump Sum/Delinking Consultation

DEFRA is running three webinars to talk through its proposals in the lump sum exit scheme and delinking consultation with the opportunity to ask questions. The links to each webinar are: Tuesday 6th July 15:00-16:00 - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/defra-lump-sum-exit-scheme-delinking-consultation-webinar-tickets-160972076815 Wednesday 7th July 16:00-17:00 - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/defra-lump-sum-exit-scheme-delinking-consultation-webinar-tickets-161202572233 Thursday 8th...

Jeremy's Blog 25th June 2021: Markets

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 24th June 2021. In the more agricultural world of two hundred years ago, the economist David Ricardo summarised pricing in a market economy: “Corn is not high because rent is paid, but rent is paid because corn is high.” The price of corn rises with the demand for it since, in Adam Smith’s phrase of forty years earlier, “Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production”. Production has no value unless...

Commercial Rents – Code of Practice in the Pandemic

MHCLG has today advised that while the Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic was due to expire today it is now extended until 25th March 2022 but with a commitment to review it before then. The Government is working on the new measures it announced last week, including an arbitration system, and hopes to announce its conclusions in due course....

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Jeremy's Blog 18th June 2021: Schedule of Time Limits

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 17th June 2021. The completion of the tenancy legislation for England under the Agriculture Act 2020 has prompted a new edition of the CAAV’s Schedule of Time Limits for Valuers and a moment for reflection before it goes to members with the News Letter, the Agricultural Tenancies Update and Value to an Incoming Tenant. There is continuity. With statutory tenancy regimes, previous Schedules have long aided members since...

Jeremy's Blog 11th June 2021: Conference Review

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 10th June 2021. The CAAV’s Annual National Conference, being held virtually on Thursday 24th June with support from the AMC, McParland Finn and Michelmores, is one key part of the Association’s life. Ordinarily, it is a major opportunity for renewing fellowship with other members and guests from across the country and further afield. As a conference, it covers current subjects with either a range or a focus that takes...

Jeremy's Blog 4th June 2021: Regulation

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 3rd June 2021. The DEFRA lump sum and delinking consultation expressly notes that: “Delinking will also bring an end to the “cross compliance” system for BPS recipients. Cross compliance is currently integral to how we regulate many of our important environmental and animal health and welfare legislative standards.” Wales will face that with the move from BPS to the Sustainable Farming Scheme. In its place, the...

Jeremy's Blog 28th May 2021: Tenancy Regulations and SFI

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 27th May 2021. With new tenancy regulations published on Tuesday, this part of the Agriculture Act is now complete for England. Welsh regulations are expected as the newly elected Senedd gets to work. These Regulations set out the Act’s tenancy changes that most directly bear on England’s Agricultural Transition Plan’s two goals: a competitive agriculture and environmental improvement. Three years notice is given for...

Government funding for Minimum Energy Efficiency Enforcement

The Government is inviting local authorities in England and Wales to bid for up to £100,000 of funding to help develop their capacity to enforce the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in the private rental sector. A lack of resources has been cited as one reason for the lack of policing of compliance with the Regulations to date....

Jeremy's Blog 21st May 2021: Lump Sum and Advice

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 20th May 2021. Past the mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh, the purdah for devolved and local elections and Queen’s Speech, DEFRA policy statements are now coming thick and fast. The policies proposed in the 25 Year Environment Plan and the 2018 Health and Harmony paper are now becoming real, demonstrating the importance of advice to clients navigating the new world. Tuesday saw: the Tree Action Plan with plans...

Jeremy's Blog 14th May 2021: The Queen's Speech

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 13th May 2021. The Queen’s Speech is both ritual and manifesto, bringing the Lord and Commons together for an outline of the Government’s intended legislation and policies for the coming year. Tuesday’s Speech can be seen as the real start of this Government’s busy domestic programme, eighteen months after its election, having been preoccupied with Brexit and the pandemic, albeit with the Agriculture Act done. Now...

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