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210108 England: Covid-19 Eviction ban extended to 21st February

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The ban on evictions from residential property in England has been extended to 21st February 2021 by the Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/15). Exceptions are made for cases where the possession order was made partly or wholly on the grounds of rent arrears of more than 6 months (previously the threshold was 9 months) where the possession order was made partly or wholly on the grounds of anti-social behaviour, nuisance, false...

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210108 Northern Ireland: Review of regulation of HMOs

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The Northern Ireland Department for Communities is conducting a review of the transfer of responsibility for the regulation of Houses of Multiple Occupation to councils and is inviting those involved in the management of HMOs to complete a short questionnaire on the licensing scheme. The closing date for responses is 5th February 2021 and the questionnaire can be found on the Department for Communities consultation website....

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210108 England: Farm Business Income 2019/20

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DEFRA has published Farm Business Income statistics for England for 2019/20. A summary of the findings can be found here and more detailed statistical data sets can be found here....

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210108 Northern Ireland: Covid restriction rules for January

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The rules for the latest Covid restrictions in Northern Ireland have been published on the NI Direct website. They confirm that house moves may continue and that estate agents may remain open. Livestock markets may also continue to operate, subject to the relevant rules (see the DAERA website). The information covers the rules which now apply for retail premises, workplaces, outdoor recreation and hospitality and accommodation. The Regulations which set out the detailed rules may be found on...

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George Eustice speaks on gene editing at the Oxford Farming Conference

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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....

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210107 Wales: More than 500 applications received for the £10 million Valleys Taskforce Empty Homes Grant Scheme

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The Welsh Government has announced that more than 500 applications have been received for the Valleys Taskforce Empty Homes Grant Scheme. The scheme is open to home owners across the extended Valleys Taskforce which runs from Carmartenshire in west Wales to Torfaen in east Wales. Phase Two of the scheme was launched in July 2020. The aim of the scheme is to incentivise applicants to use more energy efficient measures within their renovations in order to help reduce carbon emissions whilst...

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210107 England: Covid-19 - Updated information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses

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DEFRA has updated its guidance to farmers, landowners and rural businesses following the announcement of the national lockdown from 5th January 2021. Guidance is provided on: farm visits and inspectionshow to submit your applications, claims, evidence and other supporting documents by email or postthe use of RLE1 forms. A one year extension is offered to all customers with capital agreements that started after 1st April 2018 or 2019 for: Hedgerows and Boundaries grantWoodland creation,...

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