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SFI 2023 Applications: Open Until Further Notice

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Following earlier uncertainty (see this CAAV News Item), the RPA has now confirmed that the ability to generate and submit an application for the SFI 2023 offer will not be restricted on 6th June. Applications remain open until further notice.

SFI 2023 to Expanded SFI Transition (Updated)

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It has been reported by some that agents on the RPA Helpline are advising that applications for the SFI 2023 offer are to close on 6th of June. The CAAV is working to clarify the position. The RPA stated in a blog earlier in the year that: While we’re implementing improvements to SFI and rolling out the new offer, we’ll temporarily manage access to the service from Thursday 6 June. SFI 2023 applications opened before that managed access starts might have established a place in the system...

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CAAV Note 240604: Finance No 2 Act 2024

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While the Finance Act introduced the measures immediately required for the Budget, the Finance No.2 Act 2024, given Royal Assent on the last day of the outgoing Parliament, is now published and enacts some further changes. This note provides a brief overview.

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Notice of CAAV AGM

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The CAAV gives notice to its members of the AGM on 28th June at 3.30pm following the close of its National Conference at the Hilton, St George’s Park, Burton on Trent. Please see below for the Notice of the AGM with its agenda and also the Report and Accounts for 2023 being presented to the meeting. Details of the National Conference and associated events are on this link with the booking form. Joining the AGM itself on-line can be booked on this link....

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240603: Consultation - Improving the effectiveness of the Money Laundering Regulations

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HM Treasury are running this consultation, with responses due by 9th June 2024, focussing on four core themes on improving the effectiveness of Money Laundering Regulations:Making customer due diligence more proportionate and effective;Strengthening system coordination;Providing clarity on scope of the Money Laundering Regulations;Reforming registration requirements for the Trust Registration Service. In tandem with the above mentioned consultation, HM Treasury are running a survey to better...

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240603: Infrastructure (Wales) Bill - Consultations on pre-application requirements and fees

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Following the introduction of the Infrastructure (Wales) Bill to the Senedd last year (see CAAV Note 28th July 2023), the Welsh Government has published two further consultations on proposed subordinate legislation:The pre-application consultation requirements as part of the Infrastructure (Wales) Bill and methods for engaging stakeholders and local communities. Responses to this consultation are to be submitted by 22nd July 2024.Fees to be charged, with it being intended that the consenting...

Jeremy's Blog 31st May 2024: Innovation in Farming

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 30th May 2024 Last week’s annual Field Day in Scotland on a vegetable farm across the Tay from Dundee saw a demonstration driverless tractor. A 150hp Agxeed diesel/electric tracked tractor was directed out of the building from a console, as though it were a drone. It could then work, driverless, to a programme in a predefined field, a next step in precision farming. Such technology, developing for some time, is beginning to...

Transition from SFI 2023 to the Expanded SFI - Scheme Rules

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Members will be aware that from summer 2024, the Expanded SFI Offer is to open to applicants. This is to bring together SFI 2023 and many of the Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship options, with 102 actions to be available in total. Full detail is in our webnote of 21st May. Many of the existing SFI 2023 actions will be available under the new offer. The requirements for some of these, however, will be different under the Expanded 2024 offer (see the full list of actions here). This includes...

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CAAV Note 250528: Labour - New Towns Policy - Rayner Speech

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Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader and Shadow Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary, has now said more on Labour's new towns policy when speaking on 21st May to the UKREiiF conference. This note looks at some key points from the speech.

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Jeremy's Blog 24th May 2024: The General Election is Called

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 23rd May 2024 So, the election has been triggered, precipitately resetting the cycle of government at a time of much unfinished practical business. While a new Parliament can, with time, change decided law, all outstanding policy decisions, as for DEFRA’s Higher Tier Scheme, are now for the new government once in place and briefed – and capable of going down different roads. As Parliament rises by Thursday, almost all...

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Updated CAAV Bylaws

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The CAAV Council of 21st May approved revisions to the CAAV’s Bylaws for membership, conduct, and complaints and disciplinary procedures. As well as updating, rewording and housekeeping, the substantive changes are: to provide a more formal structure for handling applications for readmission to membership to recognise the range of misconduct that could bring the Association into disrepute to require members to notify the CAAV immediately of any criminal conviction (other than a summary...

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EXPANDED SFI - SECTOR LEAFLETS

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DEFRA has published a series of sector leaflets, grouping the 102 actions of the expanded SFI offer that are to be available later in the year by theme. The leaflets, and an SFI Checklist, are available here.

Expanded SFI - DEFRA Webinar - 29th May

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DEFRA is hosting a webinar on Wednesday 29 May at 11am to go through the guidance, actions and detail for the expanded SFI offer. Those wishing to join can register here: Webinar Registration - Zoom.

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