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210420 England: Right to Rent checks - temporary arrangements cease on 16th May 2021

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The temporary measures on Right to Rent checks (introduced on 30th March 2020 to overcome the difficulties of checking documents in person) will end on 16th May 2021. From 17th May it will be necessary for landlords (or their agents) to check a prospective tenant's original documents or use the online procedure. Details are available on the GOV.UK website.

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210420 England: Further consultation on permitted development rights for telecoms masts

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The Government is holding a further consultation on proposed changes to permitted development rights for the installation, alteration and replacement of electronic communications infrastructure. This consultation looks at how to implement the proposals consulted on in August 2019 to support the deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage. The consultation considers detailed proposals to allow masts to be erected, strengthened or increased in height using permitted development rights both on...

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210420 England: Changes to BPS in the New Forest

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The RPA has published guidance on how BPS payments will be treated in the New Forest in future, following a consultation which closed in February 2021. A summary of the decision can be found on the GOV.UK website and more detail is available on the Consultation webpage. The RPA will write directly to affected parties....

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210419 Northern Ireland: Consultation on water resources and the environment

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DAERA has launched a consultation on the draft 3rd cycle River Basin Management Plan, which sets out the objectives for the management of water resources and the water environment in Northern Ireland. The environmental status of water bodies in Northern Ireland is virtually unchanged since 2015, with only 38% being at "good or better" status, against a target for 2021 of 70%. The pressure on agriculture and wastewater treatment to tackle major causes of pollution is growing. The consultation...

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#20 - Residential Tenancies in England

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PODCAST - Kate Russell introduces the CAAV’s latest publication on residential tenancies: The Letting and Management of Residential Property in England and discusses the many and varied regulations which now affect the sector.

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Jeremy's Blog 16th April 2021: Future Land Use

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 15th April 2021. We pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, a firm advocate of the countryside, farming, the environment and rural communities, nationally and in the management of the Royal Farms, who died on 9th April. His life spanned a century of service, active until long into his 90s and characterised by determination, inquisitiveness and an interest in innovation, engineering and technology. The Duke of Edinburgh Award...

Covid-19: Survey of resilience in rural and farming businesses

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The National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) is asking rural and farming businesses in England's North East, South West and Midlands how they are dealing with COVID-19 to explore rural resilience. The survey will also explore how firms’ local networks have contributed to survival and growth, the impact of financial pressures on businesses, families and communities as well as issues around workforce, the availability of broadband, and aspects of local supply chains. Any business...

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210414 UK: Improving Broadband for Very Hard to Reach Premises - Call for Evidence

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The Government has issued a Call for Evidence on improving digital connectivity for "Very Hard to Reach Premises" which currently do not have broadband connectivity at the Universal Service Obligation standard of 10Mbps. The deadline for responses is 11th June 2021 and the consultation documents can be found on the GOV.UK website. The Government is particularly keen to hear from householders and businesses - including agricultural businesses - who cannot get good connectivity and whose...

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210412 England: The Rural Payments Agency publishes the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) progressive calculator

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The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has published the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) progressive calculator. The calculator can be used to show how progressive reductions could affect your BPS payment for scheme years 2021 to 2024. The RPA plans to phase out Direct Payments in England from 2021 to 2027. Visit the GOV.uk website for more detail. Find guidance on using the calculator here....

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Jeremy's Blog 9th April 2021: Pace of Change

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 8th April 2021. Despite the late spring, the pace of policy change here is quickening and that will see change on the ground. We should shortly have DEFRA’s consultation on the lump sum option and delinking of Basic Payment in England. Whether or not the lump sum option for 2022 proves attractive, simply considering it draws attention to how little life is left for English Basic Payment entitlements. Entitlement...

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210409 England: Code of Practice for the Commercial Property Sector

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The Government's Code of Practice for the Commercial Property Sector during the Covid-19 pandemic has been updated. A new Annex has been added which includes a template form that landlords and tenants can complete to aid negotiations over rent arrears, rent and lease terms.

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210408 England: Housing Possession Mediation Service

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The Government has published guidance for the new Housing Possession Mediation Service which is available to parties who are engaged in housing possession proceedings before the courts in England. The service is free to use for landlords and tenants and will be offered at the initial review before formal court proceedings commence.

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210407: Covid-19 Recovery Loan Scheme launched

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The Recovery Loan Scheme was launched on 6th April and will be available until 31st December 2021 to support UK businesses recovering from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Loans, which will provided by commercial lenders, will be backed by an 80% Government guarantee and subject to an interest rate cap of 14.99%. Further information is available in the Government press release and on the British Business Bank website....

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