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210125 Wales: Grants for flood-affected properties in Wales

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The Welsh Government has announced that properties in Wales affected by recent flooding will receive between £500 and £1000 in support. The support payments will be made by local authorities, paid for by Welsh Government. Details on how affected properties can apply for the funding will be available shortly. See the Welsh Government website for more detail.

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210125 England: Severn Trent biodiversity grant

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Severn Trent has made extra funds available for a grant to properties, in their catchment area, who want to boost biodiversity. Each project must be over half a hectare (that’s roughly half the size of a rugby pitch) and must be completed by 31 March 2021. This funding is part of Severn Trent’s Great Big Nature Boost – launched back in September, which includes plans to revive over 5,000 hectares of land, plant 1.3 million trees and restore 2,000km of rivers across the Severn Trent...

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210125 Scotland: Convergence payments

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The Scottish Government has confirmed that the second instalment of convergence payments will be made by the end of January, topping up LFASS payments. Further details are available on the Scottish Government website.

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210122 Covid-19: Northern Ireland support for tourism businesses

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Northern Ireland has announced a £4.1 million scheme to provide grant support to bed and breakfast and guest house accommodation which has been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Details are available on the Department for the Economy website.

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210122 England: Low Carbon Agriculture Digital Insight Webinar on ELM 27th January 2021

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Low Carbon Agriculture are running a webinar on the Environmental Land Management Scheme in England on 27th January 2021 as part of their Digital Insights series. It will cover the implementation of land based environmental and low carbon solutions, together with the related opportunities and challenges faced by the industry as a whole. See the Low Carbon Agriculture website for more details.

Jeremy's Blog 22nd January 2021: Valuation

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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...

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SEPA cyber attack

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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.

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210122 RICS Guidance Note on Asbestos - Consultation

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The RICS is consulting on its draft 4th edition Guidance Note: Asbestos: Legal guidance and best practice for property professionals and clients. The closing date for responses is 17th February 2021 and the consultation documents can be found on the RICS consultation hub.

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210121 Wales: Guidance on evidencing delivering of Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

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The Welsh Government has published guidance on Woodland Creation: evidencing delivery of Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR). The guidance sets out the approach that Natural Resources Wales will take in evidencing and applying SMNR to woodland creation proposals. It is an annex to the statutory guidance already issued to NRW. The guidance can be found on the Welsh Government website....

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

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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.

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