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Jeremy's Blog 29th October 2021: Government Policy

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 29th October 2021. While the Government wrestles on a day-to-day basis with many areas of policy, it shows a sustained strategic direction for environmental and, within that, agricultural policy. While buffeted by events, the realities of government and practical issues of implementation, the approach, pre-dating Boris Johnson’s premiership, can be summarised as: the goal of environmental improvement, embracing climate...

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CAAV Costings of Agricultural Operations - Summary Schedule 2021

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The summary Schedule for the 2021 CAAV Costings of Agricultural Operations is attached. Hard copies will be sent with the September mailing. An error has been identified in the Summary Schedule at E9(b) Combining on Larger Farms. The figure printed in the Summary Schedule is incorrectly excluding carting and should be amended to £39.05 imperial (£35.40 ex labour, £16.40 depreciation deduction) and £96.45 metric (£87.50 ex labour, £40.55 depreciation deduction) to include the cost of...

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211025 Wales: Consultation on Local Taxes for Second Homes & Vacant Properties

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The Welsh Government is running a consultation until 17th November 2021, seeking views on local taxation of second homes, self-catering holiday accommodation and long-term empty properties. In addition, the consultation seeks views on the current criteria and thresholds for defining property as self-catering accommodation, being the trigger for non-domestic rates liability....

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211025 Scotland: COVID Recovery consultation

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The Scottish Government is consulting on whether some temporary provisions made under coronavirus legislation should be made permanent. Included within this is a proposal to maintain the pre-eviction protocols relating to rent arrears in the private rented sector, which are currently due to expire in March 2022. The consultation ends on 9 November 2021.

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CAAV Note 211025: Climate Change - COP26 and Methane

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International momentum is growing for next month’s COP26 to see major pressure for early sharp cuts in methane emissions with potential consequences for agricultural and land use policies. While the largest part of the pressure may bear on the fossil fuel sector, agriculture’s role in this is important, especially for cattle but also fertilisers and manure management. See this webnote for more background detail.

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CAAV Note 211025: Soils UKSHi Guides

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A series of practical guides to soil health facilitated by the National Institute for Agricultural Botany (NIAB) for the UK Soil Health Initiative has now been issued through the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE). This note provides more detail.

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CAAV Note 211022: Trade & Agriculture Commission

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The Government, through the Department for International Trade, has now released its response to the first Trade and Agriculture Commission’s (TAC) Report, which was published in March this year. That report contained a set of recommendations for the development of a UK trade strategy for agri-food. This note reviews the details of the Government's response....

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211022 COVID-19 Scotland: Grants for Tenants in Rent Arrears

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The Scottish Government has announced that Councils have been given £10 million of funding to provide grants to residential tenants who have fallen behind on their rent as a result of the pandemic and are at risk of eviction. The funding is available until March 2022 and landlords or tenants should contact their local authority, who will use their discretion to determine whether a grant payment is appropriate.

Jeremy's Blog 22nd October: The Climate Change Journey

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 21st October 2021 Net zero by 2050 – a short and simple phrase for vast and complex changes across society and the economy over a generation. The Government has taken another set of steps on this road with this week’s series of papers setting out more policies, actions and more intermediate targets as it tackles domestic policy and seeks to lead the COP26 summit. Both require detailed practical policies, blending...

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211022 COVID-19: Northern Ireland - Protection for Business Tenants Further Extended

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Finance Minister Conor Murphy has again extended emergency protection for tenants having difficulty paying rent on commercial leases as a result of the pandemic. The Business Tenancies (Coronavirus) (Restriction on Forfeiture: Relevant Period) (Northern Ireland) (No. 3) Regulations 2021 mean the measures will remain in place until 25th March 2022.

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211022 UK Agriculture Evidence Pack

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DEFRA has published a visual evidence pack for the latest statistical data on UK Agriculture, covering areas including productivity, natural capital values and import : export figures. The document provides a useful and accessible overview of the current position of the sector....

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CAAV Note 211002: Net Zero Plan Overview

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On 19th October, the Government published several key policy documents for the UK's net zero ambitions, including: The Net Zero Strategy The Heat and Buildings Strategy Response to the Report of the Climate Change Committee Treasury Net Zero Review Final Report This note offers a brief overview of the policies announced. We will be publishing further notes in due course....

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CAAV Note 211020 New Tree Pathogen Phytophthora Pluvialis

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The Forestry Commission has announced that they have confirmed the presence of the tree pathogen Phytophthora pluvialis in woodland in Cornwall. The Forestry Commission are urging land managers, foresters and nursery owners to report any suspected sightings online via TreeAlert.