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Green Gas Support Scheme Annual Tariff Review for 2022

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has called for evidence to support its annual tariff review of the Green Gas Support Scheme. For more details of the Scheme, see our website note of 23 December 2021. The call seeks evidence on biomethane anaerobic digestion (AD) plant and views on the biomethane market outlook from owners or developers of AD plant and others. Online submissions are due by 10 June 2022....

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220524 UK: Price on Application in property listings deemed unlawful

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National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) has published its opinion, developed with the Competition and Markets Authority, that the use of ‘POA’ or ‘price on application’ in property listings (principally sales listings) contravenes consumer protection legislation.

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SI 2022/163 The Private Landlord Registration (Modification) (Scotland) Order 2022

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Modifying the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004, these regulations remove the requirement for landlord registration where a house is under a occupancy arrangement (not a lease) by a person who has permission to enter or stay in the United Kingdom granted under the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme. The regulations apply in Scotland with effect from 12th May 2022.

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220524 England and Wales: The Boiler Upgrade Scheme

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The Government has issued The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (England and Wales) Regulations 2022, the Statutory Instrument under which it will make grants to support installation of residential and small non-residential air- and ground-sourced heat pumps and in some circumstances biomass boilers. The Regulations became effective on 23 May 2022. An explanatory memorandum outlines the scheme. The scheme is to be administered by OFGEM through accredited installers and is now open for grant applications....

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RPA Downtime: 24th and 25th May

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We have been advised that the Rural Payments system is to be unavailable from 5pm on Tuesday 24th May to 9am on Wednesday 25th May. Users should not access Rural Payments during this time in which the RPA is making critical IT changes for SFI 2022. This is in addition to the regular system downtime which will be from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday 25th May 2022.

Jeremy's Blog 20th May: Housing

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 19th May 2022 Alongside food and energy, housing is part of “the cost of living crisis”. It poses a particular potent threat to the Government which, now with limited time to the next election, looks to answers for England in the Levelling Up and Renters Reform Bills. It may be disappointed as, having abandoned its recasting of the planning system, these seem to focus on symptoms, not causes. Pressures of prices, rents...

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CAAV Accounts Business Review 2021

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This note summarises the work of the CAAV in 2021 and how it responded to the pandemic ensuring service to members at a time of major policy change.

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CAAV Note 220518: Wales - Small Grants - Environment Scheme (water)

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The Welsh Government has announced the Small Grants - Environment Scheme (water) providing grants for capital works for projects to help improve water quality and reduce the risk of flooding. The requirement to reduce water pollution from agricultural uses is consistent with the requirements of the Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) Regulations 2021. This note provides a summary of the new grant scheme.

Northern Ireland: Pig Support Package

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At the Balmoral Show, Edwin Poots announced that the application period for a support package for pig producers in Northern Ireland is to open this week (w/c 16th May). The scheme, worth up to £2 million, will make payments to those producers who incurred price penalties on overweight pigs that were outside contract specifications from September 2021 to February 2022 due to the backlog situation on farms. Eligible producers will be contacted by DAERA, and will be invited to apply via Online...

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CAAV Note 220516: APTF Rural Infrastructure

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The Agricultural Productivity Task Force (APTF) was established by DEFRA to support the Food and Drink Sector Council in working towards its task of improving farming productivity. The Rural Infrastructure Working Group of the APTF (including the CAAV and other organisations) tackled the essential preconditions for farming’s success: a better understanding of farm business structurestaxation changes to support necessary investment in farmingbetter rural broadband connectivity improved rural...

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