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Jeremy's Blog 16th April 2021: Future Land Use

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 15th April 2021. We pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, a firm advocate of the countryside, farming, the environment and rural communities, nationally and in the management of the Royal Farms, who died on 9th April. His life spanned a century of service, active until long into his 90s and characterised by determination, inquisitiveness and an interest in innovation, engineering and technology. The Duke of Edinburgh Award...

Covid-19: Survey of resilience in rural and farming businesses

The National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) is asking rural and farming businesses in England's North East, South West and Midlands how they are dealing with COVID-19 to explore rural resilience. The survey will also explore how firms’ local networks have contributed to survival and growth, the impact of financial pressures on businesses, families and communities as well as issues around workforce, the availability of broadband, and aspects of local supply chains. Any business...

Jeremy's Blog 9th April 2021: Pace of Change

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 8th April 2021. Despite the late spring, the pace of policy change here is quickening and that will see change on the ground. We should shortly have DEFRA’s consultation on the lump sum option and delinking of Basic Payment in England. Whether or not the lump sum option for 2022 proves attractive, simply considering it draws attention to how little life is left for English Basic Payment entitlements. Entitlement...

Jeremy's Blog 1st April 2021: Generational Change

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 1st April 2021. In a sector of family businesses, a quarter or more of farms and estates might see generational change in any decade. Some may take longer, as where the business has no natural successor; others will come faster, whether by chance or necessity. This is likely to accelerate in the 2020s as the pressures for change intensify, often in circumstances requiring careful advice, personal support and good management....

Jeremy's Blog 26th March 2021 - Utilities Infrastructure

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 25th March 2021. Three recent decisions on utilities regulation are intended to enable more investment by them, resulting in more work on clients’ land. Since their privatisation, the main utility companies, with their access to the consumer’s doorstep, have been closely regulated. Concerns about affordability and hostile press coverage has put a public focus on regulating the prices charged for water, gas, electricity...

Super Deduction Capital Allowance - Rural Economy Snubbed

The exclusion of a huge proportion of the rural economy from the new super deduction capital allowance is perverse and discriminatory, according to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). The 130% super deduction capital allowance announced in the Spring Budget is limited to companies, excluding a substantial part of the economy, says Jeremy Moody, secretary and adviser to the CAAV. “At a time when the economy needs more support to invest than ever before, the exclusion of...

Jeremy's Blog 19th March 2021: Environmental Principles

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 18th March 2021. Looking from the outside, current European attitudes to the Astra Zeneca vaccine can appear to live down to the UK’s expectations of the EU’s approach to the precautionary principle, especially in the context of innovation. While that principle states that scientific uncertainty should not postpone cost-effective measures to prevent a threat of serious or irreversible harm, the EU’s interpretation...

Jeremy's Blog 12th March 2021: The Budget and Investment

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 11th March 2021. Barely two months after the EU Transition Period, the pace of post-EU policy development is sustained, especially in England and perhaps particularly with DEFRA. Without the 28 state, 3 institution haggling of the EU (the post-2020 CAP is still unresolved), George Eustice saw Brexit as the opportunity to do domestic policy better while some in Government already see the urgency imposed by a 2024 election....

Jeremy's Blog 5th March 2021: The Budget and Investment

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 4th March 2021. Yesterday’s Budget heralds two years in which companies will be paid to invest in plant and machinery. An investment that would now have an 18 per cent capital allowance against tax will from next month have a 130 per cent capital allowance (the “super deduction”) and those that would get a 6 per cent allowance will be allowed at 50 per cent. A lack of business investment has been seen as a key part...

Jeremy's Blog 26th February 2021: Carbon Deals

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 25th February 2021. Do we know what it means for a landowner to enter into an agreement for carbon sequestration? What are the implications of “selling” carbon for the land and its users? Are we at risk of uncritical assumptions that: this is a significant source of value for an average landowner?that, being associated with positive change, it imposes no practical constraints? that now or soon is the time to sell?...

Will the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday be extended?

It is being widely reported in the press this morning (24th February) that the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday will be extended until the end of June. An announcement from HM Treasury is expected in next week's Budget.

Jeremy's Blog 19th February 2021: Looking Beyond

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 18th February 2021. Reflecting on conversations over the last week, one common theme has been the importance of looking beyond the immediate challenge. Seeing where the world is moving will aid better decisions that are more effective for the longer term when meeting immediate issues. The pressure for climate change mitigation and other environmental goals is now a central part of policies across the United Kingdom....

England: RPA IT error - Countryside Stewardship claim reminders

We are told that Rural Payments has this morning unexpectedly issued e-mails to Countryside Stewardship agreement holders reminding them to submit their claim. This appears to be quirk of the IT system and we are asked to assure members that these should be ignored with no action to be undertaken in response.

Jeremy's Blog 12th February 2021: Recovery and Change

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 11th February 2021. Economic shocks, like the pandemic, both bring damage and precipitate change shaping a new economy, as energy, skills and assets find new opportunities, often with new technologies. Only hindsight might tell which was which, as it is easier to see losers than those building the future. Accelerated change for physical retail, under long-run pressure and particularly burdened by business rates, sees...

Jeremy's Blog 5th February 2021: Regulatory Baseline

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 4th February 2021. With the current focus on the development of schemes and grants for public goods and productivity, it can be easy to overlook another key component of the new policies. This is the move to a “regulatory baseline” – simply put, what the law will require of farmers as it requires standards from others. Whether under England’s ELM, the Welsh Sustainable Farming Scheme, the Animal Health and Welfare...

Jeremy's Blog 29th January 2021: Facts for Environmental Decisions

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 28th January 2021. While the Government has again delayed the important Environment Bill, pressures accumulate for change in environmental practice, for climate change and biodiversity. On the day that the Bill stalled, BlackRock, the world largest asset manager, asked companies in which it invests to disclose their plans to be net zero by 2050: “There is no company whose business model won’t be profoundly affected by the...

Written Statement on Second Homes in Wales

The Welsh Government has published a written statement on the impact of second homes on communities, access to housing and affordability and the impact this has on the Welsh language. It outlines the discretionary powers given to local authorities to help address their local housing needs, including discretionary powers to levy higher rates of council tax on second homes – and long-term empty properties – since 2017. It states that eight councils are currently charging premiums on second...

National Parks England: Collective Vision and Strategies

National Parks England has published its Collective Vision and Strategies, with 4 Delivery Plans setting out its commitments, ambitions and plans under the headings Wildlife and Nature Recovery, Climate Leadership, Sustainable Farming and Land Management and Landscapes for Everyone. Further information is available on the National Parks England website....

New CAAV Website and Membership Information

We are experiencing some problems with our new website updating membership information. This may mean that the website still states that your membership is lapsed, even though you have paid your subscription. We apologise for the problem and are working to fix it. If you wish to check and confirm that your subscription payment has been received, please email us at enquire@caav.org.uk.

Jeremy's Blog 22nd January 2021: Valuation

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 21st January 2021. Ten months into the pandemic, Wizz Air, the central European budget airline with an 80 per cent fall in passenger numbers, has issued a three year corporate bond paying just over 1 per cent. Ultra-low interest rates have prevailed unprecedentedly since the 2008 financial crisis. UK and US bonds remain at low rates, much EU member states’ government debt is at negative interest rates and, yesterday, 10...

SEPA cyber attack

SEPA - the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency - was subject to a cyber attack on Christmas Eve. Data was stolen and some is believed to have been published online. Further details are available on the SEPA website.

The Environment Bill 2019-20 has completed the Committee Stage in the House of Commons

The Environment Bill 2019-21 has completed the Committee Stage in the House of Commons. A Report on Committee Stage has been published summarising what happened in the Committee and how the Bill has changed. It considers key Government and Opposition amendments. It is prepared in advance of the Bill's next stages (Report and Third Reading) scheduled for 26 January 2021.

England: New legal protection for statues and monuments

The Government has announced that new laws will offer additional protection to historic statues and monuments in England, by requiring listed building consent or full planning permission to be obtained before a statue or monument can be removed. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

NEW PODCAST on Telecoms

Three years after the new Electronic Communications Code came into force, we are starting to see some clarity emerge on how the renewal of agreements for rural telecoms sites should be dealt with. In our latest podcast, Kate Russell of the CAAV discusses the Upper Tribunal decision in ON Tower v Green and how it can help those dealing with renewals to reach agreement.

Jeremy's Blog 15th January 2021: A Time for Change

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 14th January 2021. Meetings this week have shown both the Government’s sense of urgency to drive change for English agriculture and the conflicts in doing that. While England’s Agricultural Transition Plan runs to 2027, its real detail is for the period that the Government sees it has until the next election: what it has not done by then might then not be done. The present funding is only assured to 2024. With the...

George Eustice speaks on gene editing at the Oxford Farming Conference

The Environment Secretary George Eustice delivered a speech on the opportunities presented by gene editing technology to the virtual Oxford Farming Conference yesterday (7th January). The speech can be read here. The DEFRA consultation on the regulation of gene editing technology can be found on the GOV.UK website....

December Mailing and Subscription Invoices

The December mailing, which includes the December News Letter and subscription invoices, was delayed but is expected to be with members during the week commencing 11th January. Please wait until your copy of the mailing has arrived before contacting the office with queries about your subscription invoice - thank you for your patience. The mailing also includes two new publications: Rural Arbitration in the UK and Beyond Brexit: The UK's New Agricultural Policies....

CAAV Christmas Closure

The CAAV office will be closed for Christmas from lunchtime on Tuesday 22nd December until Monday 4th January 2021

Jeremy's Blog 18th December 2020: 2020 and Forward

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 17th December 2020. A local pub has expressed the bizarreness of 2020 as this nightmare examination question:“If you are going down a river at 2mph and a wheel falls off your canoe, how much pancake mix do you need to re-shingle your shed?”In a year of “learning by doing”, the CAAV’s themes in answering are challenge, resilience and adaption. Change is accelerated as society and the economy have been challenged in...

Jeremy's Blog 11th December 2020: The Role of the Trusted Advisor

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 10th December 2020. As the CAP becomes part of the UK’s past, whatever the outcome of the current impasse with EU, so we have to look at the work to come. In England, the Transition Plan sets the direction but there is much work in its implementation with new tenancy regulations, consultations on the lump sum payment option for 2022 and then de-linking in 2024, the ELM Pilots starting in 2021, the development of the...

201204 England: EFRA Select Committee Inquiry into ELM and the agricultural transition

Today, Friday 4th December, the Environment, Food and Rural Affrairs (EFRA) Select Committee launches its inquiry into Environmental Land Management and the agricultural transition. The inquiry follows the Ministers' introduction of the Governments plans for an agricultural transition in England. The EFRA Committee will scrutinise the design of the new Environmental Land Management Scheme pilot, ahead of its launch in late 2021. More detail on the inquiry can be found at -...

Jeremy's Blog 4th December 2020: Change for Agricultural and Land Management

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 3rd December 2020. The drumbeat of change for agriculture and land management is now fast and loud. The message of prospective change is becoming real economic and practical change for farmers and their advisers, moving in a short period of days from speculation to a part of work. Policy making and scrutiny are now in the UK. While the negotiations with the EU remain unresolved and the Northern Ireland Protocol a mess, the EU...

NEW PODCAST on the Agricultural Transition Plan

The Agricultural Transition Plan - the biggest shake-up in farming policy for over 50 years Jeremy Moody reviews the government’s new Agricultural Transition Plan which lays out the roadmap for phasing out direct payments (Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)) and phasing in the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme and productivity schemes. Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Catch-up on previous episodes here....

Jeremy's Blog 27th November 2020: Asset Values

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 26th November 2020. What drives asset values? The basic answer is supply and demand, encapsulating human behaviour. Demand is often the key driver and supply the key constraint, with value where people want something rather than because someone has it to sell. Markets, summarising people’s thoughts, hopes and fears, express the balance between them and ever-changing prices influence actions. That restless movement guides...

HS2 review misses key points, highlights CAAV

A review of HS2’s land and property acquisition has missed some fundamental points, according to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). The review, initiated by the Department for Transport in the summer, tried to address a wide range of concerns raised by several different parties involved with HS2, explains Kate Russell, policy adviser to the CAAV. “Perhaps inevitably, the result is a piecemeal series of recommendations. While some are very welcome – like better...

Jeremy's Blog 20th November 2020: Renewable Energy

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 19th November 2020. Only 10 years ago renewable energy exploded on the market as something that could be done on farms and estates, going beyond a few wind turbines to the rapid expansion of solar and, to a less obvious extent, AD and hydro, as part of the farm business or, often larger schemes, leased out. As this activity spread swiftly from an initial focus in Cornwall, members applied the core skills...

Jeremy's Blog 12/11/20: From Agriculture Act to a Green Recovery?

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 12th November 2020: Although we wait to see the shape of the UK’s future relationship with the EU as negotiations of historic importance run beyond injury time, post-Brexit polices are moving from speculation to action. The Agriculture Act 2020 is the first post-Brexit policy statute and the first Agriculture Act since 1947. Taking effect in January, it will among many things enable the President of the CAAV to appoint...

A303 Stonehenge DCO granted

A Development Consent Order has been made for improvements to the A303 at Stonehenge, including a 2 mile tunnel to hide the road from the protected landscape. Further detail on the works can be found on the Highways England website.

Arrangements for taking the CAAV Examinations under Covid-19 Restrictions

The CAAV has been reviewing the arrangements for the November examinations in light of the developing situation with the Covid-19 virus and has prepared the following documents to assist candidates: - Arrangements for taking the Examinations under Coronavirus restrictions Examination Conditions for Remote Examinations – Supplementary Guidelines...

Jeremy's Blog 06/11/20: Lockdowns and business

This blog by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 5th November 2020. England today joins Wales and Northern Ireland with new country-wide restrictions on social and economic life while Scotland’s Tiers were introduced on Tuesday, all responding to a rising Covid-19 incidence. Each country has struck its own difficult balance between disease control and continuity of activity and business. Ireland, France, Belgium and others have taken severe measures. This English lockdown...

CAAV Examinations 2020

A meeting tomorrow is to review the developing situation with the pandemic, including the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening of England-wide restrictions. We will circulate briefing after that on the approach being taken. With plans laid for the examinations to be held remotely, all candidates were e-mailed last week to ask them to: arrange a venue where they could take the papers in examination conditions test their link to the portal being used for this confirm to the...

Jeremy's Blog 30th October 2020: Dynamics for Business Change

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 29th October 2020. With barely 60 days to the end of the EU transition period, we need to look at the dynamics for business change as domestic policies take effect. All new schemes – productivity, resilience, land management, environment, animal welfare and so on – would be funded from the one pot of money, level until 2024, putting Basic Payment rates under pressure. The potential rewards from...

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...

Jeremy's Blog - 11th June 2020

Inheritance Tax is estimated to have raised £5.1 billion in 2019/20, less than half the yield from SDLT, making it one of the UK’s smaller taxes but touching very sensitively on individuals and families. Its tax take has been rising, largely on the back of rising house prices bringing more people into its net. Some countries have abolished it and George Osborne’s offer in 2007 of a £1 million Nil Rate Band between a couple was enough to deter Gordon Brown from holding an election. In...

NEW PODCAST on Coming out of Covid

The Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions have changed the way we live and work this spring. Many say that life will never be quite the same again. But what does the future look like for businesses? What changes might last? How does the economy recover? In this episode, Jeremy Moody tackles these big questions and more as we navigate our journey out of Covid. Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Catch-up on previous episodes here. ​...

Northern Ireland to allow retail to re-open from 12th June

Northern Ireland's Economy Minister has announced that non-essential retail premises in the province can re-open from Friday 12th June, provided that the necessary safety measures are observed for customers and staff and that there is no increase in new cases of Covid-19.

Ban on evictions in England & Wales extended

The Government has announced that the ban on evictions from private and social rented housing, put in place to protect tenants during the coronavirus pandemic, will be extended to 23rd August 2020.

Welsh COVID-19 Dairy Hardship Fund to open for applications from 18th June

Further to DEFRA's confirmation of the English COVID-19 Dairy Hardship Fund opening for applications from 18th June 2020, the Welsh Government has confirmed that the Welsh fund will open on the same day. Eligible Welsh dairy farmers need to show they suffered a reduction of 25% or more in the average milk price they received in April and May, when compared with February 2020. Up to £10,000 funding is available to cover approximately 70% of the lost income. Farmers will need to provide...

English COVID-19 Dairy Hardship Fund to open for applications from 18th June

DEFRA has confirmed that the COVID-19 dairy hardship fund announced on 6th May will open for applications from 18th June 2020. Up to £10,000 funding will be available for eligible dairy farmers to cover up to 70% of losses experienced during April and May due to the COVID-19 outbreak. To be eligible, dairy farmers need to show there was a reduction of 25% or more in the base price paid for their milk in April 2020 compared with February 2020. Guidance and the application form should be...

Jeremy's Blog - 4th June 2020

Looking beyond the virus restrictions, virtually every lobby group argues that its cause is further validated by the experience of the pandemic and the measures taken to tackle it. Those competing perceptions will frame the arguments we will see later this year. The largest arguments may be over the shape of future economic policy. Will there be a simple imperative to achieve recovery or will that be consciously built around climate change, environmental and other green objectives? What might...

Environmental projects given support to attract private sector investment

Four environmental projects to protect and restore key habitats have been selected for funding under a pilot scheme looking to encourage private sector investment in such projects. The four projects receiving this funding are:- Devon Wildlife Trust - Restoration of the River Caen wetlands; Rivers Trust - Natural Flood Management in the River Wyre catchment; NFU - Poole Harbour Nutrient Management Scheme; and Moors for the Future Partnership - Peatland restoration in the Pennines. Further...

Vacancies for Landowner Lay Members of the Welsh Agricultural Land Tribunal

The Welsh Agricultural Land Tribunal is seeking to appoint 3 landowner lay members to its panel. Successful applicants should have a good knowledge and experience of land management in Wales and be able to bring that to bear in considering cases. The closing date for applications is 10th June 2020 and further details are available on the Judicial Appointments Commission website....

NEW PODCAST on Borwick v Clear Water – the fish that got away!

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Borwick Development Solutions Limited v Clear Water Fisheries Limited considered whether solar panels and commercial fish pass to a buyer of the land. As the first such case on solar panels and with few legal precedents for the fish, Jeremy Moody gives a fascinating commentary on the case where fish possibly worth over £1m got away! Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Catch-up on previous episodes here. ​...

Jeremy's Blog - 28th May 2020

The last two weeks have seen an easing in England of the Covid-19 restrictions on the property market, recovering activity in construction and increasing valuation work. With more negotiations and transactions, we may see how the property markets have moved. After 50 days of restrictions, there is the pent-up demand from many of the estimated 373,000 transactions said to have been stalled by the lockdown and then those newly motivated to buy this spring. Zoopla reports buyer interest to be 20...

Oxford Farming Conference goes virtual for 2021

The organisers of the Oxford Farming Conference have announced that it will be held as a one day digital event on Thursday 7th January 2021. From June to December 2020, OFC will hold monthly webinars to debate themes from previous conferences. To register for the free OFC Bitesize webinars, go to https://www.ofc.org.uk/conference/2021

Jeremy's Blog - 21st May 2020

Covid-19 now sits alongside Brexit as a radical accelerant of business change. The impact of the restrictions has been described as fast-forwarding business practice from March 2020 to, say, March 2025, with: the accelerated use of the internet, home working with remote contacts with clients, and the accelerated shock for much of retail and business use of public transport, aviation and hospitality. How might this balance out as restrictions slowly lift and businesses and people find how they...

NEW PODCAST on the energy efficiency regulations for let houses in Scotland

New Regulations have been made in Scotland which will prevent landlords from letting private rented residential property if it has an EPC in Band F or G. Originally due to come into force on 1st April 2020, their introduction was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kate Russell explains what the Regulations will require and offers some tips for landlords to plan head for their introduction. Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Catch-up on previous episodes here....

Jeremy's Blog - 14th May 2020

The measures now taken in England to ease the Covid-19 restrictions on the property and development are very welcome as a contribution to movement in the economy. Some construction sites never stopped, others had re-started working and some transactions continued. Nonetheless, developers stalled much work, not risking more money on half-built houses that might not be sold, starving the pipeline for development and further chilling the economy. Intended moves have been frustrated – Zoopla...

Covid-19: Estate and Letting Agents may re-open in England

Estate agents and letting agents may re-open in England as the latest public health regulations, which come into force today (13th May 2020) now permit people to leave their homes in order to Visit estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes View residential properties to look for a property to buy or rent Prepare a residential property to move in Move home Visit a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property....

COVID-19: Government extends furlough scheme to October

The Government has announced that it will extend its furlough scheme to the end of October. From August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time and employers will be asked to pay a contribution to the cost of furlough salaries. Further detail is available on the GOV.UK website.

Wales announces new funding to support dairy farmers affected by COVID-19

Wales' Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has announced funding for eligible dairy farmers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Where dairy farmers have lost more than 25% of their income in April and May, they should be entitled for up to £10,000 funding to cover 70% of lost income. Further information is available on the gov.wales website.

Jeremy's Blog - 7th May 2020

In the last couple of weeks, meetings with Government and others that had been solely focused on the Covid-19 virus have begun to talk about other business once again. Post-Brexit policy re-joins the virus as an accelerant for change. The Agriculture Bill, as a priority piece of post-Brexit-legislation, returns to the Commons next week so we can be ready for 2021. The Environment Bill will probably follow. The negotiations over the future relationship with the EU have resumed with more detailed...

Agriculture Bill proceeds to next stage in Parliament

DEFRA has confirmed that the Agriculture Bill has been scheduled to complete its remaining stages in the House of Commons next Wednesday, 13th May 2020. It is still anticipated that the Bill should receive Royal Assent this summer.

New hardship fund to support dairy farmers affected by COVID-19 outbreak

DEFRA has announced a new hardship fund for English dairy farmers to assist with the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Each farmer should be able to access up to £10,000 funding to cover 70% of lost income during April and May. Please see the gov.uk website for a news release. Further details of this new hardship fund will be issued "in due course"....

Jeremy's Blog - 30th April 2020

We are in unusual times. It is, depending on the measure, 50 or 100 years since there was such a disease threat in the UK while we may now be in the sharpest contraction in the economy since the Great Freeze of 1709. This period has been very disruptive but, as members attest, professional work, from valuations to renewable energy, has continued. While transactions have fallen away, the market reports are of demand recovering. That Great Freeze thawed and life resumed. Out there, farming...

Pick for Britain - seasonal farm work

The Pick for Britain website https://pickforbritain.org.uk/ offers information and guidance on seasonal jobs in agriculture, with links to jobs, frequently asked questions and Government guidance. Those who have been furloughed by employers may be able to take on seasonal farm work if their contract of employment does not prevent it....

NEW PODCAST - Good Practice in Statutory Compensation Claims

Kate Russell of the CAAV explains why good practice is so important in compulsory purchase and other statutory compensation claims and highlights some of the key messages for agents involved in this work. Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Catch-up on previous episodes here....

Extra month to claim for farm payments in England

Government has confirmed a one month extension to claim for farm payments in England. The 15th May deadline has been extended to 15th June 2020 for BPS 2020 applications and 2020 revenue claims for Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship. Please see the press release on the gov.uk website for further details....

Dairy sector crisis - Government to relax competition law

The Government has confirmed that it will temporarily relax some competition law so that the dairy processing industry can work together to manage supply and demand during the coronavirus pandemic. In recent weeks some dairy farmers have had to throw away fresh milk because their buyers have lost catering and food service contracts. It is hoped that the temporary relaxation will allow more fresh milk to be processed into longer-life products, such as cheese, butter, or skimmed milk powder....

Covid-19 and Rights of Way

Michelmores Solicitors has published a useful article on options for landowners facing busy rights of way during the coronavirus pandemic. The article can be found on the Michelmores website.

Bookings are now open for the CAAV’s new webinar on Contract Farming

Contract Farming Webinar Thursday, 30th April 2020 10:15 - 11:15am With many farmers and landowners needing to look hard at and review their businesses, joint ventures offer one possible answer. Contract farming agreements have developed as one form of joint venture approach that has suited many. They can be flexible, give access to skills and machinery but need to be done properly. Widely used in combineable cropping, the CAAV has updated its publication “Arable Farming with...

Lantra Scotland Skills Matching Service

Lantra Scotland has set up a Skills Matching Service to help rural and land-based businesses find staff with suitable skills and to help those looking for work to find suitable positions. Visit the Lantra Scotland website for more information.

NEW PODCAST on Electrical Safety Standards for Private Rented Property in England

New Regulations will come into force in England in 2020 which will require all landlords of residential premises to carry out electrical safety inspections every five years. New tenancies will need to comply from 1st July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1st April 2021. Kate Russell of the CAAV reviews the new Regulations and explains what they will mean for landlords and their advisers. Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Catch-up on previous episodes here....

Wales confirms emergency measures to support farmers during COVID-19 outbreak

Wales' Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has confirmed that the Single Application Form (SAF) deadline is now extended to 15th June 2020, giving an extra month to complete forms. She has also confirmed that the Crop Diversification requirements are being removed for BPS 2020. To alleviate potential cash flow issues, an additional £5.5m has been allocated for the BPS and Glastir 2019 support scheme which has re-opened today for farmers who have not...

CLA and TFA Joint Statement in Challenging Times

In a joint statement the TFA and CLA, with DEFRA’s support, are appealing to all rural landlords and tenants to work together collaboratively and compassionately during this unprecedented time. The plea is made in respect of all tenancy matters, but particularly rent payments, notices to quit and finalising new tenancy agreements. The full statement is available on the TFA and CLA websites....

Covid-19: Advice for people with animals

The Government has published advice for pet owners and livestock keepers during the coronavirus outbreak: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals

COVID-19: Letter from the Environment Secretary

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, has written an open letter to the food industry thanking all those involved for their efforts so far in supporting the nation during the coronavirus outbreak.

Covid-19: Government support for self-employed

On 26th March Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that self-employed workers will be able to apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. The money will be paid in a single lump sum, but will not begin to arrive until the start of June at the earliest.

NEW PODCAST on EPCs and MEES

Podcast No. 6 - EPCs and MEES for domestic property: what you need to know Energy efficiency in buildings is a key area for Government to tackle if it is to meet the deadline for net zero carbon by 2050. Kate Russell of the CAAV explains how the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are being implemented for let residential property in England and Wales at the moment and looks ahead to where standards will go in future. ​​ Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Catch-up...

Covid-19: Government to pay wages

The Chancellor has announced today (20th March) that the Government will step in and pay up to 80% of wages for employees not working due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance for businesses during CV-19 outbreak

Many professional firms are publishing useful guidance on their websites for businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak. As examples of what is available, Michelmores solicitors has published guidance for employers and Roythornes solicitors has published information on employment issues for farm businesses....

DEFRA relaxes crop diversification rules and confirms £6m funding for flood-affected farmers

DEFRA has confirmed that the crop diversification rules under "greening" will not apply for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2020 applications. This is to assist farmers in England who have been unable to establish crops because of the prolonged wet weather and flooding. In addition, the Farming Recovery Fund is being further extended with £6 million funding to assist farmers affected by flooding during February 2020. This support is being made available to eligible farmers in parts of East and...

Protection for private renters during Covid-19 outbreak

The Prime Minister has said that he will introduce legislation to prevent tenants in the private rented sector from being evicted if they are unable to pay rent due to lost earnings because of the coronavirus outbreak. Further details are awaited.

Government announces emergency Coronavirus Bill

The government has annouced the introduction of the Coronavirus Emergency Measures Bill to enable action in five key areas:- 1. increasing the available health and social care workforce 2. easing the burden of frontline staff 3. containing and slowing the virus 4. managing the deceased with respect and dignity 5. supporting people The legislation is to be time-limited for two years. Further details on the powers to be introduced can be found on the GOV.UK website. The Bill is due to be...

Wales confirms emergency support for businesses affected by coronavirus

As part of a package of financial support for businesses affected by coronavirus, the Welsh Government has confirmed: 100% business rates relief will be apply for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or less; A £5,000 reduction in business rates for pubs with a rateable value between £51,000 and £100,000; and £100m grant funding for small businesses - further details on this grant scheme "will be confirmed as soon as possible."...

£1 million for Future Farming Resilience Funding

DEFRA has confirmed that nine organisations have been awarded a proportion of £1 million funding being made available as part of a Future Farming Resilience pilot. The projects approved range from one to one advice to workshops and should assess the effectiveness of these approaches in supporting farmers and land managers through the seven year agricultural transition period from 2021. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website and DEFRA's Blog....

Two month window opens for BPS 2020 applications and Stewardship claims

The two month window for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2020 applications and annual revenue claims for existing Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreements has opened. BPS applications and CS/ ES claims must be submitted by 15th May 2020 to avoid late claim penalties. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website....

NEW PODCAST on the 2020 Budget

Following yesterday’s budget announcement, we have recorded a new podcast episode. This is the first budget of Boris Johnson’s majority government and the newly appointed Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. Packed with announcements and substantial spending commitments, what does it all mean for rural business owners? Tune in to hear Jeremy Moody’s expert analysis of the policy changes and new fiscal measures. Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Catch-up on previous episodes...

UK interest rate cut to 0.25%

The Bank of England has cut the interest rate to 0.25% today (11th March 2020) as part of the response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Scotland begins making CAP convergence payments to farmers and crofters

The Scottish Government has made initial CAP convergence payments worth £86.2 million to over 17,400 farmers and crofters. This represents the first tranche of a £160 million convergence funding package. A further payment should be made in the "coming weeks". More information can be found in the Scottish Government's News Release.

RPA pays almost 99% of Basic Payment Scheme claimants

The RPA has issued an update on payments under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship. The headline figures given in the update are:- BPS 2020 payments have been made to almost 99% of eligible claimants (total value of £1.76 billion); Environmental Stewardship (ES) - 77% of agreement holders should have received a full payment for ES 2019 annual revenue claims (total value of £133 million); and Countryside Stewardship (CS) - 37% of agreement...

NEW PODCAST on Residential Tenancies

Episode No.4 - Residential Tenancies: Radical Reform in England – or is it? Kate Russell of the CAAV explains the key measures set out in the Rented Homes Bill, including the proposed abolition of assured shorthold tenancies in England. This is the most significant change to the letting of residential property in England for forty years, but what will the real impact be for private landlords? The full podcast is available below and on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Catch-up on...

Environment Bill progresses with Second Reading

The Environment Bill has been brought forward today for its Second Reading in the House of Commons, giving MPs the first opportunity to debate the new Bill. The Bill forms a key element of the government's commitment to an ambitious environmental programme and is one of the main vehicles for delivering the 25 Year Environment Plan. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website....

Eustice delivers speech at NFU Conference

Environment Secretary, George Eustice, delivered his speech earlier this morning at the NFU Conference. The speech was originally scheduled for the first day of the Conference (yesterday) to coincide with the publication of the Agriculture Bill Policy Statement and the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) consultation, but had to be delayed due to a meeting of the Cabinet to discuss the latest flooding issues. The transcript of the speech can be viewed on the GOV.UK website....

DEFRA publishes future farm support details

The Environment Secretary, George Eustice, will be delivering a speech at the NFU Conference tomorrow (Wednesday 26th February) and ahead of that has announced the publication today of:- a Policy Discussion Document around the design of the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) - this should give a high level overview of the proposed three tier structure. DEFRA is inviting views on these proposals, with ten weeks to submit comments (through to 5th May 2020); and a Future Farming...

NEW PODCAST on The Electronic Communications Code

The Electronic Communications Code - still in stasis? Whilst the new Electronic Communications Code has been in place for over two years, there is still considerable frustration over the lack of progress in agreeing terms for new agreements. In this episode, Jeremy Moody talks us through the purpose and operation of the Code, the approach to assessing rents and he provides a full run down of two Upper Tribunal cases - CTIL v Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd and CTIL v Ashloch and AP Wireless.​...

Seasonal Workers Pilot extended for 2020

Environment Secretary, George Eustice, has confirmed that the Seasonal Workers Pilot is to be extended in 2020 to support the horticultural sector. Up to 10,000 temporary workers may be employed for up to six months, compared with the previous 2,500 workers. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website....

Government announces support package for areas affected by flooding

Following the recent storms and flooding, the government has announced funding and support for those affected, including:- A Community Recovery Grant - £500 financial hardship payments to cover short-term need; 100% council tax and business rates relief for at least three months; A Business Recovery Grant - up to £2,500 Business Recovery Grant for small and medium sized businesses with uninsurable losses; and A Property Resilience Scheme - up to £5,000 funding for homes and businesses...

NEW PODCAST on the Agriculture Bill – a watershed moment for British Agriculture

Our NEW PODCAST has just gone live! In this episode, Jeremy Moody gives an in-depth analysis of the new and eagerly anticipated Agriculture Bill. He talks through the phasing out of BPS in England, the payment of “public money” for the delivery of “public goods” and the proposed changes to agricultural tenancies. Whilst the Bill primarily focuses on future powers for England, Jeremy also provides commentary and comparison with the policies being developed in the other devolved countries...

Eustice confirmed as new DEFRA Secretary of State

George Eustice MP has been confirmed as the new DEFRA Secretary of State. Formerly the farming Minister, his promotion comes following the departure of Theresa Villiers earlier today as part of the Cabinet reshuffle.

Villiers no longer Environment Secretary

As part of today's Cabinet reshuffle, it seems that Theresa Villiers has lost her role as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We await further news on who will replace her.

Government funding to re-open Beeching rail lines

The Government has pledged £500 million of funding for communities to develop proposals to re-open local railway lines, including those closed in the Beeching cuts. Further information is available on the GOV.uk website.

HS2 announcement expected today (11th February)

It is being widely reported in the media that the Prime Minister is expected to make an announcement later today on the future of the HS2 project, confirming that it will go ahead. Further briefing will follow in due course.

Harper Adams University Rural Research Conference 2020

Harper Adams University's Rural Research Conference takes place on Thursday 23rd April 2020. Details of the programme and how to book are available at https://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/events/301/harper-adams-rural-research-conference

NFU Rural Surveyor and Planning Firms - invitation to tender

The National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales (NFU) is looking to renew its approved list of professionals providing land and tenancy and/or planning advice and services to NFU Farmer and Grower members. Successful firms will be will promoted as NFU Rural Surveyor and Planning Firms on the NFU’s website and in national and regional NFU publications. Firms will also be able to display their status with an NFU Rural Surveyor Firm or NFU Planning Firm logo and may be invited to participate...

Scotland begins to issue Basic Payment Scheme 2019 payments

The Scottish Government has confirmed that Basic Payment Scheme 2019 payments (including Greening and Young Farmer payments) have started to be issued. This follows the National Basic Payment Support Scheme 2019 loan payments (up to 95% of estimated payment value) which were issued in October 2019. Please see the Scottish Government website for further details....

Northern Ireland: Agriculture Minister confirms £293 million secured for Direct Payments for 2020

The Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA has confirmed that farmers will share £293 million in Direct Payments for 2020, with the Department aiming to make full payments from 16th October 2020. The Minister announced that the 2020 scheme will operate in a similar fashion to that in 2019, apart from a small number of changes as a result of the exit from the EU. The full article can be found on the DAERA website...

Agriculture Bill is brought forward for Second Reading

The Agriculture Bill was brought forward for Second Reading in the House of Commons yesterday (3rd February 2020). This was the first opportunity for the Bill to be debated by MPs. The Bill will now go to Committee Stage, Report Stage and Third Reading, before transferring to the House of Lords. Please see the GOV.UK website for a news release and the progress of the Bill can be viewed on the UK Parliament website....

DEFRA podcast on future funding for farmers

In preparation for the UK leaving the EU, DEFRA (in conjunction with Farmers Weekly) has recorded a podcast on funding for farmers. This covers:- DEFRA funding for farmers in 2020 and beyond; Wider funding for farmers; and Trade and promoting the farming sector....

CAAV launches new podcast

The CAAV has launched a new podcast. In the first episode, the Secretary and Adviser to the CAAV, Jeremy Moody, gives his analysis of the future challenges that farming businesses will face, how they should act now and prepare for change with the role of the Valuer as a trusted adviser helping clients through this. He also discusses some highlights of the CAAV’s most recent publication called ‘Reviewing a Business: An Introduction for Agricultural Valuers’. You can listen to the podcast...

Environment Bill to be introduced into Parliament

The Environment Bill is to be introduced into Parliament later today (30th January 2020). This "ground-breaking Bill will enshrine environmental principles in law and introduce measures to improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution and restore habitats so plants and wildlife can thrive." Please see the press release for further details....

DEFRA launches new online resource for 'natural capital'

DEFRA has launched a new online resource "to help ensure better environmental decision-making by valuing our 'natural capital'". The 'Enabling a Natural Capital Approach' (ENCA) resource is available on the GOV.UK website and brings together guidance, data, analytical tools and case studies to "help policy makers, businesses, landowners and public sector organisations make better planning decisions in order to protect and boost natural capital."...

RPA issues update on BPS, Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship 2019 Payments and 2020 Plans

The RPA has issued a Press Release giving an update on progress with making BPS, Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) 2019 payments, as well as indicative 2020 plans for all of these schemes . The key points are summarised below:- Almost 97% of eligible BPS claimants should have received a BPS 2019 payment by 20th January 2020 (overall worth of £1.69 billion); £109 million of CS/ES 2019 payments made (more than double what was paid out by this time last year);...

Beware dangers of telecoms masts

Landowners are being warned of the hidden risks and responsibilities associated with having telecommunications masts on their land. The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) is urging landowners to request information on radiation exclusion zones from operators of telecoms masts located on their land. Though non-ionising, significant levels of exposure to the radio waves emitted by base stations on telecoms masts can affect health, requiring exclusion zones to protect people, says...

Village Halls have received £1.2 million funding under Government Grant Scheme

Village halls in England have received £1.2 million funding to assist with improvements such as roof repairs, refurbishing kitchens and creating new meeting rooms. This funding has been provided as part of the Government's Village Halls Improvement Grant Scheme which has a total fund of £3 million available. Applications can still be made for grants of up to £75,000 (20% of the total eligible costs of a project). Further information on applying can be found on the Action with Communities...

Agriculture Bill is a monumental step

The return of the Agriculture Bill is a welcome announcement for farmers and the entire industry; giving shape to developing post-Brexit policy in England. “This is a monumental moment for agriculture,” says Jeremy Moody, secretary and adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). “This passing of the Agriculture Bill will be our generation’s 1947 moment; where we have a life changing opportunity to review the national expectations of agriculture and set out the...

Agriculture Bill to be introduced into Parliament

The Agriculture Bill is to be introduced into Parliament later today. A news release is available on the GOV.UK website. It will give the legislative framework for aspects including:- Phasing out direct payments over the seven year "agricultural transition" period which will start from next year (2021) and see direct payments reduced to nil by 2028; "Later in the agricultural transition", "de-link" direct payments, removing the need to "farm the land" to receive payment; and Paying farmers...

Extended Farming Recovery Fund opens for applications

The Government confirmed in November 2019 that the Farming Recovery Fund would be extended for farmers affected by flooding in parts of South Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and the Midlands. This extended fund opens for applications today (6th January) and farmers can apply for grants of between £500 and £25,000 to assist with repair costs, re-cultivation and replacing items such as damaged gates. The close date for applications to this extended fund is 31st July 2020. A news release on the GOV.UK...

Chancellor confirms £3 billion funding to farmers for 2020

The Chancellor has confirmed that just under £3 billion of funding will be made available to farmers for 2020. The £2.852 billion will be used to maintain the funding for direct payments (the Basic Payment, the greening payment, the Young Farmer payment and Scottish Voluntary Coupled Payments) at the same level as 2019 and to supplement the remaining EU funding for the UK's Rural Development Programmes. Further details are available on the GOV.UK website....

Queen's Speech at State Opening of Parliament on 19th December 2019

The State Opening of Parliament took place earlier today and the Queen's Speech set out the government's agenda for the next session of Parliament. It outlined 29 Bills, including the reintroduction of the Agriculture Bill and the Environment Bill. Further information is available in the Queen's Speech December 2019 background briefing notes....

Estate Agents Fined for Price Fixing

Three estate agents in Berkshire have been fined a total of more than £600,000 for establishing a cartel to set minimum commission rates for residential property sales. A fourth agent involved in the cartel avoided a fine by reporting the activity to the Competition and Markets Authority. The CMA has a Stop Cartels campaign, details of which can be found at https://stopcartels.campaign.gov.uk/

Rural Start-up Fund

The Prince's Countryside Fund and Forest Holidays have joined together to offer a £5,000 start-up grant to a rural entrepreneur for a new rural business venture. The closing date for applications is 6th March 2020 and further details are available on the Prince's Countryside Fund website.

Avian Flu confirmed in Mid Suffolk

DEFRA has confirmed that Low Pathogenic Avian Flu (H5 strain) has been found on a chicken farm near Athelington in Mid Suffolk. A 1km restriction zone has been placed around the affected farm. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

The Cultivate Conference 2020 - Offer for CAAV Members

CAAV Members can benefit from a discounted ticket price to attend the inaugural Cultivate Conference which takes place on Wednesday, 29th January 2020, at Heaton House Farm, near Macclesfield. Why attend? Change is a constant factor, never more-so than in the rural and agricultural sector. Cultivate is an inaugural business growth conference focused on helping rural businesses and individuals with a growth mindset to innovate further, to collaborate and to thrive. It’s your opportunity to...

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Actively farm to claim agricultural tax reliefs

Anyone wanting to claim agricultural property relief from Inheritance Tax on a farmhouse or business property relief as a farmer must be actively farming in the last years of life, a recent Tribunal has confirmed. According to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV), the First Tier Tribunal decision in Charnley v HMRC demonstrates the need for clear evidence to show that the farmer is actively farming in their final years to benefit from such tax relief. In this case, HMRC...

Landowners were served incorrect notices for telecoms mast sites

Telecoms operators, trying to slash rents on mast sites, may have been using the wrong legal procedure in pressing for the renewal of leases, according to a recent Upper Tribunal decision. In the case of CTIL v Ashloch and AP Wireless, a rooftop mast site was let on a business lease to Vodafone which was then transferred to CTIL. The original lease pre-dated the new Electronic Communications Code and therefore fell under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, explains Jeremy Moody, secretary and...

Welsh Basic Payment Scheme extended until 2021

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.

Government grants to protect against future flooding

The Government has announced that it will offer grants of up to £5,000 to help make homes and business premises more resilient to future flooding. The funds will be available through local authorities from the end of November. Further details are available in the Government press release.

Flooding: Business Rates and Council Tax Relief

The Government has announced that householders and businesses "which have been intensely affected by the flooding" will be eligible for 100% relief from business rates and council tax for the next 3 months. Further detail is available on the GOV.UK website.

Additional £4m funding for Wales' National Parks and AONBs

Wales' Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn, has announced an additional £4m funding for 2019/20 to assist National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in Wales with delivering key improvements. Further details are available on the Welsh Government website.

Government announces funding for flood-hit farmers

The Government has announced that the Farming Recovery Fund will be extended to offer funding to farmers affected by the recent flooding in Yorkshire and the Midlands. This Fund was opened again earlier this year following the flooding over the summer in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire and it will allow farmers to apply for between £500 and £25,000 to cover non-insurable items such as removing debris from agricultural land and reinstating field boundaries. Details of this extended fund are being...

Government update on current flooding situation

The government has issued an update on the current flooding situation in England and the work being done by the Environment Agency, emergency responders and local authorities in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Please see the GOV.UK website for further details.

Government announces a moratorium on fracking in England

The Government has announced a moratorium on fracking in England after the Oil and Gas Authority concluded that it was not currently possible to accurately predict the probability or magnitude of tremors associated with hydraulic fracturing. Fracking operations at Cuadrilla's Preston site were suspended in August when an earthquake measuring 2.9 was recorded nearby. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website....

Jeremy to speak at Farming Connect events in Wales

Jeremy Moody will be speaking at a series of Farming Connect events across Wales starting in Ffostrasol, near Llandysul, tonight. He will be presenting under the title of ‘Preparing for Change’. Take a look at the video (prepared by Farming Connect) showing highlights of his recent presentation at the Innovation & Diversification Wales event. View Video

CAAV Fees Survey 2019 - reminder!

A reminder for all CAAV members: please complete the 2019 CAAV Fees Survey! The survey form is on the CAAV website under Members Docs/Professional Matters/Fees.

£35m funding for rural businesses under the Growth Programme

DEFRA has confirmed that £35m (which could be increased to £50m subject to the number of "high-quality" applications received) of funding is being made available to rural businesses under the Growth Programme. The funding is available for projects which create new jobs, increase business turnover, improve productivity, etc. The minimum grant threshold has been reduced from £35,000 to £20,000 to allow smaller businesses to be eligible for a grant. The Expression of Interest (EOI) window will...

Farmland letting remains subdued

Area-based subsidy payments have subdued farmland letting across England and Wales since their introduction in 2003 – and continued to do so in 2018. According to the annual Central Association of Agricultural Valuer’s (CAAV) Agricultural Land Occupation Survey, very little land changed hands in the year to 31 October 2018, with fresh lettings falling by 15% to 4,651 acres. Jeremy Moody, secretary and adviser to the CAAV, attributes this to area payments, which rewards the occupation of...

Scotland: Landscape Leadership Programme

Scottish Land and Estates and Soil Association Scotland have joined forces to offer a Landscape Leadership Programme aimed at land managers who want to effect environmental change at a landscape scale. "We want to hear from applicants who have a vision of the environmental change they want to see in their landscape, but who are facing barriers to change. The Landscape Leadership programme will help develop the skills needed to make that change happen." The closing date for applications is 22nd...

Crown Estate Scotland - 2018/19 Report and Accounts

Crown Estate Scotland has published its Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 31st March 2019. Highlights from the 2018-19 annual report include: £11.4m revenue profit returned to The Scottish Government for public spending, against target of £7.3m The launch of the Local Management Pilots Scheme, enabling communities and local authorities to apply to manage Scottish Crown Estate assets The development of ScotWind Leasing, a new offshore wind leasing process for future projects...

Soils in Practice Events

Farmers Weekly is running two Soils in Practice events, on 12th November 2019 at Coldstream in the Borders and on 14th November 2019 at Duxford in Cambridgeshire. The events aim to help attendees understand some of the practical steps that can be taken to measure and promote healthy soil in a sustainable farm setting. Experts will present interactive theoretical and practical sessions on topics including: measuring soil components, nutrient management and pest mitigation, cover crops, organic...

Lack of rural housing is a barrier to progressive farming

Issues with rural housing are obstructing farming retirement and new entrants, limiting the progression of UK agriculture, says the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). It needs to be freed up to help handle the loss of Basic Payment. A new report on Retirement Housing for farmers in the United Kingdom, has highlighted specific issues in rural housing, flagging up the need to make changes in order to allow the younger generation to drive the industry forward. Housing is so often...

China opens doors to British Beef

The Chinese government has finalised details of a UK-China agreement meaning UK farmers and beef producers will have full access to the Chinese market, estimated to be worth £230 million, for the first time in over 20 years. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Developer fined £300,000 for illegal tree felling

The director of a property development company and the company itself - Enzo Homes - have been fined a total of £300,000 for the illegal felling of a giant redwood and 72 other trees near Swansea. The trees had been subject to a Tree Preservation Order. The tree surgeon who carried out the work was also fined £120,000 at Swansea Magistrates Court.

Government to introduce "ground-breaking" Environment Bill

Later today (15th October), the government will introduce the Environment Bill to Parliament "to tackle the biggest environmental priorities of our time, signalling a historic step change in the way we protect and enhance our precious natural environment." Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website....

State Opening of Parliament - Queen's Speech

The State Opening of Parliament took place ealier today and the Queen's Speech set out the government's agenda for the next session of Parliament. It annouced 26 Bills, including the reintroduction of the Agriculture Bill and an Environment Bill.

Scottish National Student Award 2020

The Scottish Land Commission is offering a £1,000 award to any student studying at a Scottish academic institution who undertakes a land reform related piece of research. The closing date for submissions is 24th January 2020 and details are available on the Scottish Land Commission website.

Use tax relief to boost farm productivity by £100m

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...

Government announces new measures to protect animal welfare and increase woodland cover

The Government has announced proposals to introduce a ban on long journeys of live animals being transported for slaughter and to create a new forest in Northumberland. There is due to be a public consultation on minimising live animal journeys "in due course", following recommendations made by the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (renamed the Animal Welfare Committee with effect from 1st October 2019). The new Great Northumberland Forest should see the creation of three new forests in...

Scottish National Basic Payment Support Scheme 2019 Payments Underway

Scottish Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2019 loan payments should begin to arrive in bank accounts from 4th October 2019, as confirmed in this Scottish Government news release. These National Basic Payment Support Scheme payments should be for 95% of the estimated BPS 2019 and greening payment value and will be issued to over 13,450 Scottish BPS claimants. Loan offer letters should have been received during September and it is still possible to accept a loan scheme offer. Further information is...

Independent review calls for radical shakeup of England's National Parks

A major independent review commissioned by DEFRA and led by Julian Glover has called for radical shakeup of the running of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website. DEFRA will now consider the recommendations made in the review....

DEFRA opens £2 million fund to restore flood-affected farmland

Farmers in parts of North Yorkshire and Wainfleet, Lincolnshire affected by flooding over the summer can now apply to the Farming Recovery Fund for grants of between £500 and £25,000 for a range of farm restoration work, including rebuilding dry stone walls, re-cultivating productive land and replacing damaged gates. Further details on how to apply are available on the GOV.UK website....

Charities say £3 billion per year needed to support nature-friendly farming

The National Trust, the Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB have said that at least £2.9 billion per year is needed to support nature-friendly farming in the UK post-Brexit; just under the current CAP UK budget of £3.2 billion. The charities said: "For decades, farmers have struggled within the CAP’s food and farming system that delivers little profit for their produce and few incentives to deliver positive outcomes for the environment. Once we leave the EU and these payments stop, alternative...

Brexit Business Readiness Events

The Government is arranging Brexit Business Readiness Events across the UK to help you prepare, starting Monday 16 September. Join us at a free event in your area to meet government advisers and to find out what actions your business needs to take to prepare. The events will combine a keynote address, interactive support, advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. They will provide you with specific business-focused advice and help. Register to attend an event at:...

Government announces £56 million allocation of farm funding across the UK

Following recommendations made in an independent review led by Lord Bew which was looking at what factors should be used to determine the distribution of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 'convergence' funding, the Government has confirmed it will allocate £56.59m of new funding. This should address concerns around the formula used to distribute this 'convergence' funding across the UK so that it rewards land that previously received less CAP funding per hectare than the EU...

Warning: More fake CAAV emails

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.

Best Practice in Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

The CAAV's Kate Russell will chair a series of seminars on Best Practice in Compulsory Purchase and Compensation this autumn in Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham, London and Manchester. CAAV members are entitled to a discount when booking before 9th September 2019 by entering the discount code CAAV820. Further information can be found at https://cptevents.co.uk/event/best-practice-in-compulsory-purchase-and-compensation-1...

Warning: Fake CAAV emails

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.

HS2: Government to hold review of whether and how to proceed

The Government has announced an independently-led review of HS2 to review whether and how the scheme should proceed. The review is expected to report in autumn 2019 in order to inform the "Notice to Proceed" decision for Phase 1, which is to be made by the end of the year. Further details are available on the GOV.UK website.

Prince's Countryside Fund donates £50,000 funding to Yorkshire farmers affected by flooding

The Prince's Countryside Fund has announced £50,000 of emergency funding to assist farmers and rural communities affected by the recent flooding in Reeth and Arkengarthdale, North Yorkshire. The funding is being provided via The Addington Fund. Further information is available on the Prince's Countryside Fund website. The Addington Fund is also working with Forage Aid to assist farmers whose livestock have been affected and are in need of forage and/or bedding....

£5.25m emergency funding for Whaley Bridge

£5.25m of emergency government funding has been made available to assist local communities and businesses impacted by the recent flooding at Whaley Bridge. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

Paul Maynard confirmed as HS2 Minister

With Ministerial responsibilities now being clarified following Boris Johnson's appointment as Prime Minister, the Department for Transport has confirmed that responsibility for HS2 has returned to Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, who returns to a role he held previously.

£2.5 million extra funding for farmers working together on environmental projects

The fourth national round of funding for the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund has opened for applications today. An additional £2.5 million fund has been made available for groups of farmers and landowners to apply for financial support to work together as a facilitation group to deliver landscape-scale environmental improvements over a three year period. Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website....

RPA confirms Treasury-funded agri-environment claims paid

Following the announcement made in June, the RPA has confirmed that the Treasury-funded payments for outstanding Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship annual revenue claims 2015-2018 have now been completed. For further information, please see GOV.UK....

Eustice reappointed as DEFRA Minister

George Eustice has been reappointed as a DEFRA Minister. Having been a DEFRA Minister since May 2015, he resigned earlier this year over concerns relating to Brexit. Mr. Eustice replaces Robert Goodwill. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

Boris Johnson elected as new Conservative leader

Boris Johnson has been elected as the new leader of the Conservative Party and will take over as Prime Minister later this week. The ballot results were: Johnson - 92,153 and Hunt - 46,656. Further details are available on the BBC News website.

Education is crucial to agriculture’s future, says CAAV

Education is crucial to agriculture’s future, says CAAV Educating the younger generation and embracing technology will be crucial to safeguarding the future of agriculture in the UK, a group of professionals has warned. The approach taken towards attracting young people to pursue an education and career in farming needs to change to ensure the industry can survive, said speakers at the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers’ (CAAV) AGM on June 28. “The industry needs more...

New Part-Time Master’s Course in Rural Land and Business Management

New Part-Time Master’s Course in Rural Land and Business Management University of Reading The University of Reading has now approved a part-time two year version of its Master’s course in Rural Land and Business Management which can be taken in conjunction with work. It is now available for applications for September this year, subject to numbers. The course is aimed at those already working in the rural sector who want to improve their career prospects by further study on an...

New National Nature Reserve declared in Cumbria

Natural England has declared Bolton Fell and Walton Mosses as a new National Nature Reserve in Cumbria. Located near Carlisle, Natural England's press release confirms that the new reserve encompasses the recently restored Bolton Fell Moss Site of Special Sceintific Interest (SSSI) and the pristine condition Walton Fell Moss SSSI. Further information can be found on GOV.UK.

RICS/RAU Rural Market Survey - Call for Contributors

Many members will make use of the RICS/RAU Rural Market Survey, which is the longest running independent survey of land transactions in the rural market. The survey is produced half yearly and the survey team, which is led by Nick Millard at the RAU, is collecting data for the first 6 months of 2019 now for publication at the end of July. The survey is in two parts: - the list of transactions, which is of particular interest to practitioners; and - the opinion survey which, conversely, is of...

DEFRA announces outstanding agri-environment payments to be made in July

DEFRA has announced today that Environmental Stewardship (ES) and Countryside Stewardship (CS) agreement holders who have not as yet received a full payment for 2015-2018 annual revenue claims should receive a Treasury-funded payment in July whilst the RPA continues to process these annual revenue claims. This payment should be for 100% of the estimated claim value held on the RPA's IT system at the point in time the payment is made. Emails and letters from the RPA should start going out...

Website Update Notice

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.

DEFRA announces 3 new general licences

DEFRA has announced that three new general licences will be available from Friday 14th June. The new licences will allow users to control certain species of wild birds in order to: conserve wild birds and flora or fauna (WML GL34) preserve public health or public safety (WML GL35) prevent serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber, fisheries or inland waters (WML GL36) Further detail is available on the GOV.UK website....

Prime Minister announces net zero emissions by 2050

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced that the UK will work towards a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Legislation has been laid today to set this target in law. For further information, please see DEFRA's blog on GOV.UK.

Judicial Appointments Commission: Members of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber

The Judicial Appointments Commission is advertising posts for fee-paid Professional Members of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). The application process will open on 10th July and close on 24th July 2019. Details can be found on the JAC website at https://www.judicialappointments.gov.uk/vacancies/136 The JAC is also advertising for fee-paid Valuer Chairmen and Valuers for the same Tribunal - the closing date for these posts is 19th June 2019 and details can be found at...

HS2 website for Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire works

HS2 has published a website giving information on the progress of the scheme in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, including contact details, forthcoming events and details of the works currently being carried out. The website can be found at https://hs2inbucksandoxfordshire.commonplace.is/

Environment Agency warning over baled waste scam

The Environment Agency has warned landowners to be aware that criminal gangs may seek to use land or buildings to store baled waste temporarily but then abandon the site, leaving the landowner facing the clean-up costs. The EA has given the following advice for landlords and landowners: Carry out rigorous checks on prospective new tenants. Land and property owners have a responsibility to ensure anyone leasing their land/premises complies with regulations, so it is essential that you...

Natural Capital Management Training Course

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network is offering a Natural Capital Management Training Course for rural land owners, estate managers and their advisers. The course is to be held on 3rd July 2019 at Throws Farm Conference Centre, Essex, CM6 3AQ on 25th September 2019 at Lilleshall National Sports & Conference Centre, Shropshire, TF10 9AT The cost is £275 and CAAV members are entitled to a 20% discount. Further details are available on the EKN website....

UCEM - New rural route for Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

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...

DEFRA launches £10m Urban Tree Challenge Fund

DEFRA has announced a new Urban Tree Challenge Fund which will see £10 million funding made available to encourage the planting of more than 130,000 trees in "green urban areas" across England's towns and cities over the next two years. The fund will open for applications this week and will require match funding from successful applicants. Further information can be found on GOV.UK....

DEFRA publishes first review of 25 Year Environment Plan

DEFRA has published the first progress report for the 25 Year Environment Plan which was launched in January 2018. The progress report shows that up to March 2019, 90% of the plan's actions have been delivered or are being progressed. Further details can be found in the press release on GOV.UK.

Driving forward low carbon farming in Scotland

A new farmer-led initiative to drive low-carbon, environmentally sustainable farming practices in Scotland has been launched as part of the Farming for a Better Climate (FFBC) programme. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.

House of Lords Committee calls for rural strategy for England

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy has published a report calling on the Government to develop a rural strategy for England and help realise the potential of rural economies. The report "Time for a Strategy for the Rural Economy" can be downloaded from the Parliament website.

New Surveyor Members Sought for Upper Tribunal

Two new Surveyor Members are sought for the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), with one to start in 2019 and the other in 2020. Full details are available on the Judicial Appointments Commission website and the closing date for applications for both posts is 7th May 2019. Although some cases are heard in London and others elsewhere in England and Wales, home-working is permitted and daily attendance in London is not required....

Natural England: General licences to control birds

Natural England has confirmed that new general licences to control certain species of wild birds will go live on GOV.UK from next week, commencing 29 April. These will: cover the majority of circumstances previously covered by the revoked general licences, GL04, GL05 and GL06 ensure landowners can continue to take necessary action, whilst also taking into account the needs of wildlife If action to control wild birds is necessary before then, the relevant application forms for a licence can...

CAAV Press release: A new threat to rural housing?

Press release 17th April 2019 A new threat to rural housing? Finding affordable rural housing is likely to be more difficult under new Government proposals to change the law on residential tenancies in England, warns the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). For almost 40 years, houses have been let with the confidence that, once any agreed term has expired, the house can stay let and the owner can recover possession when needed with only two months’ notice. It doesn’t...

Scottish LFASS payments underway

The Scottish Government has confirmed that Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) payments are underway. Around 11,000 eligible claimants should receive payment over the "coming weeks". Please see the Scottish Government website for further information.

RPA confirms 2018 BPS and CS bridging payments

The RPA has confirmed that bridging payments in relation to BPS 2018 payments and CS 2018 advance payments should begin to arrive in bank accounts from Friday 12th April 2019. These bridging payments should be made to claimants who have not been paid by 31st March 2019 and should be 75% of the estimated claim value held on the system at the point in time that the payment is made. Please see GOV.UK for further details....

Prime Minister makes statement following EU Council

Prime Minister Theresa May has issued a press statement following yesterday's EU Council meeting regarding the request to extend the Article 50 process beyond 29th March 2019. The EU Council has agreed that, subject to a successful vote on the Withdrawal Agreement by the UK Parliament next week, Brexit will be extended to 22nd May 2019. If however the vote is unsuccessful, the EU Council will allow Article 50 to be extended to 12th April 2019. At that point, the UK would either leave the EU...

Prime Minister requests extension to Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May has written to the European Council President, Donald Tusk, to request an extension to the Article 50 period which is currently due to end at 11 p.m. on 29th March 2019. The UK is seeking an extension until 30th June 2019. A copy of the Prime Minister's letter is available on GOV.UK.

First tranche of Scottish BPS 2018 payments underway

The first tranche of BPS 2018, greening and young farmer payments have begun to be made to Scottish claimants. These payments will be offset by the recovery of BPS 2018 loans where claimants chose to take up that option. Please see the Scottish Government website for further details.

Scottish SAF Application Window Opens

The Scottish Single Application Form (SAF) window has opened today. Further information about applying online can be found on the Rural Payments and Services website. The application submission deadline is 15th May 2019.

MPs vote to seek Brexit delay

MPs have voted (412 to 202) to seek a delay to Brexit happening on 29th March 2019. This has to be agreed to by the other 27 EU Member States. Please see the BBC News webpage for further information.

MPs vote to reject 'no deal' Brexit

MPs have voted again this evening (13th March) and by a small majority (312 to 308) have rejected leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement. Further information is available on the BBC News website.

Chancellor of the Exchequer presents Spring Statement

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, has presented his Spring Statement to the House of Commons. A Written Ministerial Statement is available on GOV.UK together with a summary of what was presented.

Farmers advised to apply early for this year's funding schemes

With the opening of the BPS 2019 application window today (13th March), as well Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship annual revenue claim window, farmers are being encouraged to submit applications and claims as early as possible before 15th May 2019 deadline. Please see GOV.UK a press release....

EU Withdrawal Agreement rejected by MPs

MPs have voted against the revised EU Withdrawal Agreement this evening by 391 to 242. Further information is available on the BBC News webpage. The Prime Minister's statement to the House of Commons can be found on GOV.UK....

Government issues statement confirming political agreement reached on the EU Withdrawal Agreement

The Government has issued a statement that political agreement has been reached on the draft EU withdrawal agreement, which has been laid before Parliament last night (11th March) in readiness for this evening's vote. The European Commission has also released a statement. There are two further documents relating to the withdrawal agreement that have not been included in the documents laid before Parliament which are available on GOV.UK:- - 'Instrument relating to the Agreement on the...

Seasonal workers pilot opens

The seasonal workers pilot has opened and will run until the end of December 2020, when it will be reviewed. Concordia and Pro-Force have been licensed to manage the pilot and will match suitable workers to UK farmers. The pilot will allow up to 2,500 seasonal workers to be employed by fruit and vegetable farmers for up to 6 months. Please see GOV.UK for further information....

New Farming Minister appointed

Following the resignation last week of the Farming Minister, George Eustice, Robert Goodwill has been appointed as the new Farming Minister. Please see GOV.UK for further information.

Eustice resigns as Farming Minister

George Eustice MP has resigned from his post as DEFRA Farming Minister after this week's decision to allow the postponement of the UK's exit from the EU if the current deal is rejected. Please see the BBC News website for further information.

New research shows National Nature Reserves offer £36m of benefits to society

New Natural Capital Accounts research published by Natural England today shows that National Nature Reserves (NNRs) provide £36 million of benefits to society. The report includes an extended balance sheet which gives an evaluation of "NNRs as natural assets, as well as demonstrating the ecosystem services, benefits and value they provide to society." Further details are available on the GOV.UK website where there is also a link to the report....

Gove delivers speech at NFU Conference

The full transcript of the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove's, speech delivered to the NFU Conference yesterday is available on GOV.UK. In the speech, he stated that: "We have to do better in the delivery of countryside and environmental stewardship payments. They are still in a mess, the consequence partly of historic IT procurement decisions and the split responsibility for scheme administration between Natural England and the RPA, which led to inefficiency and confusion." He also...

Countryside Stewardship - Tips for 2019 Scheme

With the application window opening earlier this week for key elements of Countryside Stewardship, Alice De Soer (Policy and Technical Adviser at the CAAV) gives tips for farmers and land managers considering applying this year in this article on the Farmers Weekly website.

Northern Ireland: Report on the Care of the Government Historic Estate

Northern Ireland's Department for Communities has published the 3rd report under the Protocol for the Care of the Government Historic Estate, which sets out case studies for the conservation of historic buildings and other assets, and their future use and management. The report can be downloaded from the Department for Communities website.

NFU Publishes Future of Food 2040 Report

The NFU has published The Future of Food 2040, a report which examines how changing trends on what we eat and how we eat it will affect farmers and growers in the UK. The report can be downloaded from the NFU website.

Countryside Stewardship opens for applications

Key elements of the Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme have opened for applications today (18th February). They include:- Higher Tier; Mid Tier; the 4 Wildlife Offers; and the Hedgerows and Boundaries Capital Grant Application packs for Mid Tier can be requested online via the Rural Payments service by 31st May 2019. Higher Tier application packs must be requested by 31st March 2019 by phoning the RPA (03000 200 301). The 4 Wildlife Offers and the Hedgerows and Boundaries Capital...

Scotland: Free training events on Compulsory Purchase

The Scottish Government has announced details of a series of free to attend training and networking events, for all local authority staff and members of SCPA, RICS, SOLAR and ACES, on the subject of “Delivering a Successful Compulsory Purchase Project”. The training dates will be held at the following : Perth 4th March 2019 @ Perth and Kinross Council City Chambers, 2 High Street, Perth, PH1 5PH Edinburgh 25th March 2019, Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ...

Scottish Biodiversity Challenge Fund Launched with Up To £1m Funding Available for 2019/20

The first year of the Scottish Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF) has been launched, with up to £1 million of funding available for 2019/20. The funding is to support 'large-scale' projects to improve habitats, protect species and encourage increased access to nature. Scottish Natural Heritage is looking for 'innovative ideas' and has published a News Release around the launch of the fund. Further information about the BCF can be found on Scottish Natural Heritage's website....

Scottish Less Favoured Areas Loan Scheme Confirmed

Scotland's Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has confirmed that nationally-funded loans of up to 90% of Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) 2018 payment values are to be made available to eligible claimants, with payments starting April 2019. Loan offer letters should start to be sent from 1st March. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website....

National Farm Management Conference 2019

The Institute of Agricultural Management's National Farm Management Conference 2019 will take place in London on 13th February 2019. Fellows of the CAAV are offered the IAgrM member rate to attend - a saving of £60. Simply complete the booking form as if you are an IAgrM member. Details and a booking form are available on the IAgrM website at https://www.iagrm.org.uk/events/ The conference attracts BASIS and NRoSO points....

Scotland to streamline forestry grant process post-Brexit

Scotland's Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has announced two initiatives to streamline the foresty grants process during a debate today in the Scottish Parliament on Future Rural Policy and Support in Scotland. The initiatives are:- 1) to review the current process for forestry grant applications; and 2) to review the Forestry Grant Scheme to allow more "small landowners" to access financial support for tree planting and woodland creation. Further information is available on the...

£5m funding announced to eradicate sheep scab in Wales

The Welsh Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has announced that £5m of Rural Development Programme funding is to be made available to help eradicate sheep scab in Wales. A news release is available on the Welsh Government website.

New On-line Option For Subscription Renewal

The 2019 subscription renewal demands are being sent out with the December News Letter. The continuing development of the CAAV’s website now allows members to pay their subscriptions on-line, using credit or debit cards through the Members’ Area of the CAAV website. As with other purchases on the website, payment is made through the secure facility provided by Sage Pay – no card details are held on the CAAV website. This is an additional option, alongside payment by bank transfer and by...

Farmers clear of bovine TB for 6 years can revert to annual testing

DEFRA has confirmed that farmers in parts of the bovine TB Edge area who remain clear of bovine TB for at least six years will be allowed to revert to annual testing, rather than six-monthly testing. This change is to take effect from May 2019. A press release is available on GOV.UK....

Gove launches new Resources and Waste Strategy

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has launched a new Resources and Waste Strategy. A news release is available on GOV.UK which gives further details and has a link to the Strategy document.

CAAV Examinations – Results for 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...

First Minister for Wales announces new cabinet

The new First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, has announced his cabinet which sees Lesley Griffiths remain as Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs. Full details of the cabinet are available on the Welsh Government website.

First Minister of Wales announces new cabinet

The new First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has announced his cabinet which sees Lesley Griffiths remain as Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs. Full details of the cabinet are available on the Welsh Government website.

Over 95% of BPS 2018 payments made to Welsh farmers

Since the BPS 2018 payment window opened on Monday 3rd December, over 95% (14,700) of Welsh BPS 2018 claimants have been paid either a BPS 2018 payment or a loan payment. Please see the Welsh Government website for further details.

Additional £80m Rural Development Programme funding announced in Wales

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....

EU Withdrawal Agreement approved by EU leaders

The EU Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future relationship between the UK and the EU have been approved by the 27 EU leaders at a special meeting of the European Council today (25th November 2018). This now needs to be voted on by the UK Parliament, which is expected to take place in early December 2018.

James Cross steps down as Natural England's CEO

James Cross has stepped down today from his role as Natural England's Chief Executive and Marian Spain, an existing Natural England Board member, will be taking over as interim Chief Executive "shortly". Further details are given on GOV.UK....

Changes to valuation of in-calf cattle for TB compensation in Wales take effect today

In September, the Welsh Government announced that there would be changes to the valuation of in-calf cattle in Wales for TB compensation. Those changes take effect from today (1st November 2018) and mean that written proof of Pregnancy Diagnosis will now be required when cattle are being valued. Further information is available on the Welsh Government website....

CAAV supports anti-money laundering Flag It Up campaign

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:...

Gove announces new funding for pollinator habitat mapping

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, is launching a new £60,000 fund today (25th October) to "develop and test pollinator habitat mapping". Funding is also being provided to two projects to create pollinator-friendly landscapes: The Bumblebee Conservation Trust's "West Country Buzz" project in North Devon and The Martin Down farmer "Super Cluster" in Hampshire. Further information is available on GOV.UK....

Fisheries Bill introduced to Parliament

A Fisheries Bill is to be introduced to Parliament today (25th October). The Bill is to give the UK control of who may fish in UK waters and what terms apply. Further information is available on GOV.UK.

Pilot Forestry Investment Zone launched in Cumbria

A new pilot Forestry Investment Zone has been launched in Cumbria today. The pilot is to run for two years and "will be used as a test-case for rolling out the initiative more widely around the country". Please see GOV.UK for further information.

BSE Case Confirmed in Aberdeenshire

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.

Government appoints Shale Gas Commissioner

The Government has appointed a Shale Gas Commissioner to provide a link between local communities, the shale gas industry and regulators. Former MP Natascha Engel will take up the new post this week.

Use BPS time window for change, says CAAV

Press release 12 September 2018 Use BPS time window for change, says CAAV The new Agriculture Bill has fired a starting gun for England’s farmers to manage post-Brexit change, according to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. Farmers have been awaiting details on what post-Brexit policy and payments will look like – and now they know, they should act, says Jeremy Moody, secretary and adviser to the CAAV. “We have been given a clear timeframe for the complete removal of...

Agriculture Bill to be introduced into Parliament today

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...

DEFRA announces new pilot scheme for 2,500 seasonal workers

The Home Secretary and Environment Secretary have announced a nationwide, two year pilot to allow fruit and vegetable farmers to employ seasonal workers from outside the EU. 2,500 seasonal workers will be permitted to come into the UK annually. The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme pilot will be run by two operators who will be announced in "due course". They will oversee placement of workers. The pilot is due to start in spring 2019 and will run until 31st December 2020. Further information...

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

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....

Recharging Rural Report

The Prince's Countryside Fund and Scotland's Rural College have published "Recharging Rural", a report on the views of those living and working in remote rural communities. A key concern of many communities was the need for investment into transport and digital infrastructure to help them become more viable. The report can be downloaded from the Prince's Countryside Fund website....

Conservative Party vice-chairs resign over Brexit plans

Two Conservative Party vice-chairs, Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley, have resigned over Theresa May's Brexit proposals. This follows the resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Further details are available on the BBC News website.

Jeremy Hunt appointed as Foreign Secretary

Following the resignation of Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt has been appointed as the new Foreign Secretary. The new cabinet is meeting at 10 Downing Street this morning. Further information is available on the BBC News website.

CAAV Presidential Team for 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.

Scotland confirms LFASS to continue in 2019

The Scottish Government has stated that support under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) will continue into 2019 in plans laid out in its post-Brexit transition consultation. It would be paid at 80% of the current rates. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.

Natural Resources Wales to invest £2.6m in environmental improvement projects

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is to invest £2.6m in projects selected to "help meet the challenges identified under the four themes of reducing the risk from environmental hazards such as flooding and pollution; improving habitat management, biodiversity and connectivity; improving access to the outdoors and using the natural environment to support the economy and develop skills." Examples of the successful bids for this funding are given in NRW's news release....

Welsh Government announces over £2m to support the red meat sector

The Welsh Government has announced that £2.15m funding will be made available from its £50m EU Transition Fund to support the development of the red meat sector in Wales to ensure farmers are "in a better position to trade profitably following Brexit". Please see the Welsh Government website for further details.

Water companies to invest £5 billion to benefit the natural environment

Water companies are being challenged by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, to invest up to £5 billion in the natural environment from 2020 to 2025 under measures set out by the Environment Agency in the Water Industry Natural Environment Programme (WINEP). Further details are available on GOV.UK.