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Jeremy's Blog 15th January 2021: A Time for Change

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 14th January 2021. Meetings this week have shown both the Government’s sense of urgency to drive change for English agriculture and the conflicts in doing that. While England’s Agricultural Transition Plan runs to 2027, its real detail is for the period that the Government sees it has until the next election: what it has not done by then might then not be done. The present funding is only assured to 2024. With the...

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SI 2021/42 The Countryside Stewardship (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

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The Countryside Stewardship (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/42) has today, 15th January 2021, been laid before Parliament and will come into force on 8th February 2021, applying to England only. The amendment includes: In Part 2 of the Schedule, under the heading 8. Uplands - the addition of:(g) Management of wood pasture and parkland(h) Restoration of wood pasture and parkland(i) creation of wood pasture in Part 3 of the Schedule, under the heading 4. Fencing and gates - the...

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210114 Wales: The Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

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The Welsh Government has published the summary of responses to the consultation on empty property rates relief, draft Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. Minister of Finance, Rebecca Evans MP, produced a written statement to state that from the responses to the consultation there were no issues raised concerning the technical aspects of the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. Views were expressed...

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210113 UK Parliament POSTnote: Woodland Creation

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The UK Parliament, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has published a note on woodland creation. The POSTnote summarises: the key factors influencing how much carbon is taken up by woodland;the different objectives of woodland creation;the constraints to increasing UK tree cover; anddifferent finance options. The full report can be found on the UK Parliament POST website....

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210113 Northern Ireland: Project Stratum broadband improvement scheme

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The Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland is encouraging people to check whether they will benefit from broadband improvement through Project Stratum, a £165 million scheme to extend Next Generation Access across the province. More detail is available on the DoE website....

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210113 Wales: Consultation on reducing emissions from domestic burning of solid fuels

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The Welsh Government has today, 13th January 2021, launched a consultation on reducing emissions from domestic burning of solid fuels alongside a White Paper on a Clean Air (Wales) Bill. The proposals seek to regulate domestic burning as part of the Clean Air Plan for Wales: Health Air, Healthy Wales. The proposed actions will reduce air pollution and support improvements in public health and the natural environment. Consultation responses must be submitted by 7th April 2021....

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210112 Wales: Building Safety White Paper - Consultation

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The Welsh Government is consulting on the Building Safety White Paper. The proposals address building safety issues for all multi-occupied residential buildings, this includes a building converted into two or more flats. The press release outlines the proposals in the White Paper. Find the consultation on the Welsh Government website. Comments must be submitted by 12th April 2021....

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210112 England: Covid-19 - Natural England Operational Update

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Natural England has provided an operation update in light of government guidance. The updated guidance on advice to farmers and land managers is as follows: Natural will continue to provide technical advice to support farmers, land managers and rural businesses through a range of processes including remote sensing, digital solutions and virtual meetings, to support Countryside Stewardship agreements. Where Natural England advisers have worked with the farmer before they may be able to give...

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