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210120 Wales: Cross Compliance Verifiable Standards 2021

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The Welsh Government has published the Cross Compliance Verifiable Standards 2021. The Verifiable Standards set out in detail the obligations of a farmer who receives payments under Cross Compliance and the Basic Payment Schemes. The standards may be used when classifying breaches of Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAEC) and Statutory Management Requirements (SMR) 2021.

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210119: Scotland - Natural Capital Assessment of New Woodlands

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Scottish Forestry has published a report which quantifies the natural capital benefits of new woodland planting in Scotland, including carbon capture and flood mitigation. A press release can be found here and the report can be downloaded from the Scottish Forestry website....

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210118 Scotland: Revised Code of Conduct for Property Factors

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The Scottish Government has published a draft Revised Code of Conduct for Property Factors, which applies to those involved in the management of common parts of residential property owned by two or more people. It is intended to take effect from 16th August 2021.

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210118 Wales: Natural Resources Wales General Licenses

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The High Court has today,18 Jan, ruled that Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) General Licences to control wild birds are lawful following a legal challenge by campaigning body Wild Justice. Find the Natural Resource Wales article on the decision here. The 2021 General Licences are on Natural Resources Wales website. Anyone who intends to use lethal methods to control birds not covered by a general licence will still need to apply for a specific licence....

England: New legal protection for statues and monuments

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The Government has announced that new laws will offer additional protection to historic statues and monuments in England, by requiring listed building consent or full planning permission to be obtained before a statue or monument can be removed. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

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210118 Wales: Farming Connect article on reducing ammonia emissions from agriculture

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Farming Connect has published a useful article on Air Pollution: Reducing emissions from agriculture by adapting fertiliser storage and land application techniques. It covers how improving approaches for manure storage and spreading as well as fertiliser management can have a significant effect on overall ammonia emission rates....

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210118 Wales: Consultation on Devolved Tribunals in Wales

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The Law Commission is consulting on proposals for devolved Tribunals in Wales, including a new, single, unified First Tier Tribunal with chambers. The closing date for responses is 19th March 2021 and the consultation documents can be found on the Law Commission website.

NEW PODCAST on Telecoms

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Three years after the new Electronic Communications Code came into force, we are starting to see some clarity emerge on how the renewal of agreements for rural telecoms sites should be dealt with. In our latest podcast, Kate Russell of the CAAV discusses the Upper Tribunal decision in ON Tower v Green and how it can help those dealing with renewals to reach agreement.

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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210111 Wales: Glastir Grants Scheme (Carbon) - guidance

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The Welsh Government has published Glastir Small Grants (carbon) guidance describing minimum standards required to receive funding for each type of work. In addition to the guidance, the Welsh Government has published maps showing likelihood of selection and payment rates for 2021 showing the amount of money the scheme will pay for each type of work....

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210111 Wales: Changes to Land Transaction Tax rates and bands

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A reminder that the temporary increase to the nil rate band of Land Transaction Tax for residential property transactions will end on 31st March 2021, reverting to the original rates and starting threshold of £180,000 on 1st April 2021. For more detail see the Welsh Government website.

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210111 England and Wales: Coronavirus - support for landlords and tenants

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The House of Commons library has published a report setting out the actions that have been taken to protect residential tenants and landlords during the coronavirus pandemic to date (January 2021). It may prove useful for those who need to refer back to the position at different times during the pandemic.

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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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210106 England: Countryside Stewardship Mid-Tier applications - advice and events

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Natural England will be offering online events, one-to-one clinics and application advice for those applying for Countryside Stewardship Mid-Tier agreements starting in January 2022. Information on the support available will be published from mid-February at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mid-tier-farm-advice-framework-faf-events.

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210105 Covid-19: Further grant support for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

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The Chancellor has announced further financial support for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses following the announcement of a further lockdown from 6th January 2021. Grants of £4,000 will be available for business premises with a rateable value of up to £15,000; grants of £6,000 are available for premises with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000; and £9,000 will be available for premises with a rateable value exceeding £51,000. The grants will be distributed by local...

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210105 CAAV Agricultural Land Occupation Survey 2020 - REMINDER!

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If you have not already completed a return for the 2020 CAAV Agricultural Land Occupation Survey for England and Wales please do so as soon as possible. The deadline for submissions has been extended to FRIDAY 15th JANUARY and the return forms and notes can be found here....

December Mailing and Subscription Invoices

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The December mailing, which includes the December News Letter and subscription invoices, was delayed but is expected to be with members during the week commencing 11th January. Please wait until your copy of the mailing has arrived before contacting the office with queries about your subscription invoice - thank you for your patience. The mailing also includes two new publications: Rural Arbitration in the UK and Beyond Brexit: The UK's New Agricultural Policies....

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210104 Scotland: Agricultural Wages Proposals

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The Scottish Agricultural Wage Board has proposed that wages for all agricultural workers, irrespective of age or experience, be set at a level equivalent to the National Living Wage (currently £8.91/hour). An additional £1.32/hour would be paid for workers who have "appropriate qualifications" - although what these are is not specified. The proposals are out for consultation until 27th January 2021 and further details can be found on the Scottish Government website....

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210104 Brexit: Updated Government guidance for farm businesses

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DEFRA has updated its guidance for farming businesses on trading with the EU now that the transition period of Brexit has ended. Much other guidance has also been updated or newly published, including: Importing and exporting plants and plant products Importing or moving live animals, animal products and high risk food and feed not of animal origin UK timber regulation: imports and exports of timber and timber products...

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210104 England: NVZ Grassland Derogations 2021

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DEFRA has confirmed that applications for a 2021 grassland derogation for NVZs may be made up to 31st January 2021, despite the fact that the statutory deadline was 31st December (as in previous years). Further information can be found in the Farming Advice Service newsletter for December 2020.

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CAAV Christmas Closure

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The CAAV office will be closed for Christmas from lunchtime on Tuesday 22nd December until Monday 4th January 2021

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201222 England: £5 million funding for LIFE in Ravines project

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The Government has announced that the LIFE in Ravines project has been launched with £5 million in funding. The project, led by Natural England, will restore the ravine woodlands in the Peak District National Park and tackle ash dieback in the ravines. See the GOV.UK website for more detail.

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201221 Wales: Draft Budget and Land Transaction Tax changes

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The Welsh Government has announced its Draft Budget, including changes to Land Transaction Tax rates: The higher residential rates for LTT will increase by 1% from 22nd December.The zero-rate band for non-residential property will increase to £225,000The temporary increase to the nil rate band for residential property will end as planned on 31st March 2021. Further details can be found on the Welsh Government website....

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201218 Northern Ireland: New housing measures from 23rd December as part of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in Northern Ireland

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The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has announced that there will be new housing measures introduced from 23rd December as part of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in Northern Ireland. From 23rd December, all bird keepers in Northern Ireland will be legally required to keep their birds indoors and follow strict biosecurity measures. See the DAERA website for more detail....

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201218 Scotland: Avian Influenza confirmed on the Island of Sanday in Orkney

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The Scottish Government has announced that a flock of birds has tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza on the Island of Sanday in Orkney. A 10km temporary control zone has been set up around the infected premises to limit the risk of disease. Producers and bird keepers are reminded to comply with the order that came into effect on the 14th December, to house birds or ensure they are kept separate from wild birds and follow biosecurity procedures. For more...

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201218 Wales: Cross Compliance for 2021

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The Welsh Government has published the rules for Cross Compliance in Wales for 2021. The majority of rules remain the same as in 2020. See the Welsh Government website for more detail.

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Jeremy's Blog 18th December 2020: 2020 and Forward

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 17th December 2020. A local pub has expressed the bizarreness of 2020 as this nightmare examination question:“If you are going down a river at 2mph and a wheel falls off your canoe, how much pancake mix do you need to re-shingle your shed?”In a year of “learning by doing”, the CAAV’s themes in answering are challenge, resilience and adaption. Change is accelerated as society and the economy have been challenged in...

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201218 England: Guide to Cross Compliance in England for 2021

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The Government has published the Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2021. There are no changes to the rules but there are some changes to the way cross compliance is run. These changes are: a simplified cross compliance guideimprovements to what you'll experience if you're inspectedthe level of a penalty will be more appropriate to how sever a non-compliance ismore use of Early Warning System letters instead of always applying a penalty. More detail is available on the GOV.UK website....

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201218 Covid-19: Bounce Back Loan Scheme deadline extended to 31st Match 2021

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The Government has announced that the deadline to apply for the Bounce Back Loan Scheme has been extended to 31st March 2021. If you have a Bounce Back Loan but borrowed less than you were entitled to, you can top up your existing loan to the maximum amount. The top up must be requested by 31st January 2021. See the GOV.UK website for more details.

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201217 England: Investment in Rail in the Midlands and North of England

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The National Infrastructure Commission has published its Rail Needs Assessment for the Midlands and the North, which recommends that the Government should focus on a package of improvements to and investment in regional links to connect the cities and major towns of the Midlands and the North, seeing this as offering the best returns to the economy. That could imply that the eastern leg of HS2 Phase 2B (from Birmingham to Leeds) is seen as a lower priority. The western leg of Phase 2B, from...

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201217 HS2: Green Corridor Prospectus

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HS2 has published a Green Corridor Prospectus, setting out its plans to deliver a corridor of enhanced environmental features along the route. It is interested in opportunities for farmers and landowners to connect their own environmental land management plans into this network, thus creating wider benefits at a landscape scale. The CAAV is represented on the stakeholder group which will consider this concept in more detail....

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201217 Wales: Climate Change Committee report on reducing emissions in Wales

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The Climate Change Committee has today (17th December 2020) published: a Progress Report on the progress made in reducing emissions in Wales since the Environment (Wales) Act in 2016the path to a Net Zero Wales, setting out the recommendations on the actions needed in Wales to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The reports can be found on the Climate Change Committee website. The Welsh Government have published an article welcoming the Climate Change Committee's reports - see the Welsh...

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201216 Northern Ireland:Launch of Small Woodland Grant Scheme

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DAERA has launched the Small Woodlands Grant Scheme for new native woodlands on areas of 0.2ha or above. The closing date for applications for the 2021/22 planting season is 28th February 2021 and further information is available on the DAERA website.

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201216 Wales: Agriculture (Wales) White Paper - Consultation

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The Agriculture (Wales) White Paper consultation document has been published on the Welsh Government website, alongside a Statement from the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs. The consultation on the White Paper closes on 26th March 2021. A CAAV Briefing Note on the White Paper was published earlier today....

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201216 Scotland: Tenant Farming Commissioner calls for valuers to join panel

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The Scottish Tenant Farming Commissioner has issued an invitation to valuers to join a panel of independent valuers who can be appointed to act in cases of relinquishment and assignation, if the tenant does not propose a preferred valuer. The application period closes on 29th January 2021 and further information is available on the Tenant Farming Commissioner's website....

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201216 Wales: Energy Statement December 2020

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The Welsh Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has issued a Written Statement on Energy in response to the UK Government's Energy White Paper.

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201215 England: Avian Influenza confirmed in South Derbyshire

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An outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed at premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been established around the site. More detail is available on the GOV.UK website.

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SSI 2020/430 The Agricultural Holdings (Relinquishment and Assignation) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

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The Agricultural Holdings (Relinquishment and Assignation) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/430) will come into force on 28th February 2021. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (Commencement No.12) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/428(C.40)) bring into effect related parts of the 2016 Act. The Agricultural Holdings (Relinquishment and Assignation) (Application to Relevant Partnerships) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 have been published in draft and are expected to come into force on 28th February...

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201211 Northern Ireland: DAERA EU Exit Awareness Event

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DAERA's third and final online EU Exit Awareness Event takes place on 15th December. The event will focus on imports and exports to GB, EU and the Rest of the World post transition. See the DAERA Website for more detail and to register for the online event.

Jeremy's Blog 11th December 2020: The Role of the Trusted Advisor

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 10th December 2020. As the CAP becomes part of the UK’s past, whatever the outcome of the current impasse with EU, so we have to look at the work to come. In England, the Transition Plan sets the direction but there is much work in its implementation with new tenancy regulations, consultations on the lump sum payment option for 2022 and then de-linking in 2024, the ELM Pilots starting in 2021, the development of the...

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201211 Wales: £31 million floor repair funding

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The Welsh Government Minister, Rebecca Evans, has announced that the claim for flood repair funding worth £31 million has been approved by the UK Government. The funds will support essential flood repair work in Wales. See the Welsh Government website for more detail.

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201210 Scotland: Scottish Land Commission - Expert Advisory Group on Tax on Land and Property

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The Scottish Land Commission has established an Expert Advisory Group on Tax on Land and Property to advise it on ways in which changes to land and property taxation could be used to develop "a robust, resilient wellbeing economy". Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Adviser to the CAAV, is a member of the Group, which met today (10th December 2020) to consider a report on land and property taxation commissioned by the SLC....

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201210 Wales: Call for better mobile broadband

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The National Infrastructure Commission for Wales has called for more innovative approaches to digital connectivity in Wales, including more investment in mobile broadband rather than relying on fixed line fibre connections. Its report, Digital Communications Infrastructure in Wales, has been published on the Welsh Government website.

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201210 Wales: Written Statement: Basic Payment Scheme 2020 Payments

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On 9th December, Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs published a Written Statement on BPS 2020 Payments. It is stated that over 94.6% of Welsh farm businesses will have received either their full BPS payment or a BPS Support payment, with over £219.3 million being paid to more than 14,900 claimants.

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201209 Wales: Covid-19 - Extension of ban on business tenancy evictions

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The Welsh Government has made new Regulations which extend the end date for the protection of business tenants from eviction to 31st March 2020. The Business Tenancies (Extension of Protection from Forfeiture etc) (Wales) (Coronavirus) (No.3) Regulations 2020(WSI 2020/1456 (W.314)) come into force on 31st December 2020.

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201209 England: Covid-19 - Ban on business evictions extended to March 2021

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The Government has confirmed that the ban on business evictions is to be extended to March 2021, but reiterated earlier statements that tenants who could afford to pay some or all of their rent should do so. MHCLG also announced that there would be a review of the "outdated" business tenancy legislation in 2021. Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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201208 Northern Ireland: Consultation on a Climate Change Bill

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DAERA has launched a discussion document on a proposed Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill which would set a legal and policy framework for tackling climate change in Northern Ireland. The closing date for responses is 1st February 2021 and the consultation documents can be found on the DAERA website.

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201208: The Good Soil Guide

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The Good Soil Guide is a free online resource developed in partnership with Yorkshire Water. It includes information on soil systems, cover cropping, farming carbon, adaptive agronomy, ecosystem services and sustainable landscapes. It is free to use but you are required to create an account in order to access the information. Go to https://soilguide.co.uk/

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201207 England and Wales: Leech Homes v Northumberland CC - costs

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In May 2020 the Upper Tribunal upheld Northumberland County Council's decision to issue a negative Certificate of Appropriate Alternative Development on land owned by Leech Homes (see CAAV website note of 12th May 2020). The Tribunal has now given its decision on costs, finding that the Council is entitled to recover its costs of the appeal from the appellant - it was not previously clear from the legislation whether this was possible. The Upper Tribunal's decision can be found on the BAILII...

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201207 Scotland: Covid-19 - Tenant Hardship Loan Fund Opens

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The Scottish Government has launched a Tenant Hardship Loan Fund to assist private and social sector tenants who are struggling to pay their rent during the coronavirus pandemic and who do not have access to other sources of support. Details are available on the Scottish Government website and the eligibility criteria for the loans is attached.

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201207 England: £12.2 million fund to plant trees in Community Forests

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Forestry Minister Lord Goldsmith has announced that there will be a new £12.1million fund to plant over 500 hectares of trees in England's ten Community Forests. The new programme - Trees for Climate - will see trees planted over the next five months, playing an important role in the government's net zero carbon emissions by 2050. For more detail see the Gov.uk website.

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201207 England: Lowland Agricultural Peat Taskforce

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DEFRA has established a Lowland Agricultural Peat Taskforce to help improve the condition of farmed lowland peat. It will have four regional sub-groups in the north-east, north-west, south-west and east of England.

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201207 Northern Ireland: Covid-19: Support for the newly self-employed

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The Northern Ireland Department for the Economy has announced new funds to support people who are newly self-employed and who did not qualify for earlier schemes. A one-off grant of £3,500 will be available to those who established themselves as self-employed between 6th April 2019 and 5th April 2020.

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201207 England: £3.9 million funding for tree planting

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The Government has announced that £2.5 million is to be made available for 5 pilot schemes to support the planting of trees in towns, cities and rural areas outside of conventional woodlands. A further £1.4 million is allocated to the Environment Agency to plant trees to help reduce flood risk along 160kms of rivers, including sites in the Cotswolds, Devon, Shropshire and Yorkshire. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website....

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201207 England: Avian Influenza - new outbreak in Norfolk

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Further outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza have been identified on turkey rearing units in Norfolk. Protection and Surveillance Zones have been established around the sites. More detail is available on the GOV.UK website.

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201204 Scotland: New housing measures to protect against avian influenza

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The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in the new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds, following a number of cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds in the UK. The Scottish Government have announced new housing measures, which will come into force on 14th December 2020. It will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of...

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201204 England: New housing measures to protect against avian influenza

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The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in the new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds, following a number of cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds in the UK. The Government have announced new housing measures in England, which will come into force on 14th December 2020. It will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread...

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201204 Wales: New housing measures to protect against avian influenza

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The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in the new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds, following a number of cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds in the UK. The Welsh Government have announced new housing measures, which will come into force on 14th December 2020. It will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of...

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201204 England: EFRA Select Committee Inquiry into ELM and the agricultural transition

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Today, Friday 4th December, the Environment, Food and Rural Affrairs (EFRA) Select Committee launches its inquiry into Environmental Land Management and the agricultural transition. The inquiry follows the Ministers' introduction of the Governments plans for an agricultural transition in England. The EFRA Committee will scrutinise the design of the new Environmental Land Management Scheme pilot, ahead of its launch in late 2021. More detail on the inquiry can be found at -...

Jeremy's Blog 4th December 2020: Change for Agricultural and Land Management

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 3rd December 2020. The drumbeat of change for agriculture and land management is now fast and loud. The message of prospective change is becoming real economic and practical change for farmers and their advisers, moving in a short period of days from speculation to a part of work. Policy making and scrutiny are now in the UK. While the negotiations with the EU remain unresolved and the Northern Ireland Protocol a mess, the EU...

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201203 HS2: Phase 2A Agent's Workshop

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HS2 proposes to hold an Agents' Workshop webinar for those involved in Phase 2A (West Midlands to Crewe) on 14th January 2021. Please contact Kate Russell at kate@caav.org.uk if you are involved in advising clients affected by the scheme and would like to attend.

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201203 England and Wales: Consultation on ending live export for slaughter

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DEFRA has published a consultation on proposals for England and Wales to end the live export of animals for slaughter and make other improvements to the welfare of animals during transport. The closing date for responses is 28th January 2021 and the consultation documents can be found on DEFRA's consultation webpage.

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Jeremy's Blog 09/10/20: Profit, Schemes and Work

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 8th October 2020. Over 4 years after the Referendum, we seem finally to be on the brink of new policies being introduced after the EU transition period ends with New Year’s Eve, with increasing effects on clients and for professional work for them. The Agriculture Bill, providing policy powers for DEFRA, Wales and Northern Ireland, is in its final stages before Royal Assent, perhaps completed in the next few days....

England: The Getting Building Fund

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The Government has released details of hundreds of projects which will be supported by the £900 million Getting Building Fund in England, including housing development, regeneration schemes, education and healthcare projects. The projects will be delivered through LEPs and details can be found on the GOV.UK website....

Jeremy's Blog 30th July 2020: Agricultural Policy in England

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Jeremy's Blog 30th July 2020 The New Agricultural Policy in England is Coming This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 30/7/20 The reality of the new English agricultural policy, outside the EU, is imminent. Ministers are adamant that the first cut in Basic Payment will start the transition period in 2021, seeing new policies phased in. With more detail promised in an autumn statement, that seven year process was again outlined in the Government’s replies to...

Jeremy's Blog - 11th June 2020

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Inheritance Tax is estimated to have raised £5.1 billion in 2019/20, less than half the yield from SDLT, making it one of the UK’s smaller taxes but touching very sensitively on individuals and families. Its tax take has been rising, largely on the back of rising house prices bringing more people into its net. Some countries have abolished it and George Osborne’s offer in 2007 of a £1 million Nil Rate Band between a couple was enough to deter Gordon Brown from holding an election. In...

Jeremy's Blog - 4th June 2020

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Looking beyond the virus restrictions, virtually every lobby group argues that its cause is further validated by the experience of the pandemic and the measures taken to tackle it. Those competing perceptions will frame the arguments we will see later this year. The largest arguments may be over the shape of future economic policy. Will there be a simple imperative to achieve recovery or will that be consciously built around climate change, environmental and other green objectives? What might...

Jeremy's Blog - 28th May 2020

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The last two weeks have seen an easing in England of the Covid-19 restrictions on the property market, recovering activity in construction and increasing valuation work. With more negotiations and transactions, we may see how the property markets have moved. After 50 days of restrictions, there is the pent-up demand from many of the estimated 373,000 transactions said to have been stalled by the lockdown and then those newly motivated to buy this spring. Zoopla reports buyer interest to be 20...

Jeremy's Blog - 21st May 2020

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Covid-19 now sits alongside Brexit as a radical accelerant of business change. The impact of the restrictions has been described as fast-forwarding business practice from March 2020 to, say, March 2025, with: the accelerated use of the internet, home working with remote contacts with clients, and the accelerated shock for much of retail and business use of public transport, aviation and hospitality. How might this balance out as restrictions slowly lift and businesses and people find how they...

Jeremy's Blog - 14th May 2020

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The measures now taken in England to ease the Covid-19 restrictions on the property and development are very welcome as a contribution to movement in the economy. Some construction sites never stopped, others had re-started working and some transactions continued. Nonetheless, developers stalled much work, not risking more money on half-built houses that might not be sold, starving the pipeline for development and further chilling the economy. Intended moves have been frustrated – Zoopla...

Jeremy's Blog - 30th April 2020

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We are in unusual times. It is, depending on the measure, 50 or 100 years since there was such a disease threat in the UK while we may now be in the sharpest contraction in the economy since the Great Freeze of 1709. This period has been very disruptive but, as members attest, professional work, from valuations to renewable energy, has continued. While transactions have fallen away, the market reports are of demand recovering. That Great Freeze thawed and life resumed. Out there, farming...

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