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Brexit failings may lead to rural disaster, says CLA - May 22, 2017
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Rural communities could face ‘catastrophe’ if the Government fails to secure the right deal on Brexit with the European Union, according to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). The body, which works on behalf of landowners in rural England and Wales, has prepared a series of report which highlights the difficulties faced by farmer … Continue reading Brexit failings may lead to rural disaster, says CLA


Brexit poses risk to farmland prices - May 22, 2017
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A leading real estate expert has claimed that farmland prices may plummet after Brexit as farmers that are reliant on subsidies from the EU are forced to leave the industry. Andrew Shirley, Head of Rural Research at Knight Frank, has said that increased debts partnered with lower prices for produce as a result of the falling … Continue reading Brexit poses risk to farmland prices


Millions of people missing out on the full state pension due to ‘confusing’ system - May 22, 2017
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Millions of pensioners could miss out on the full state pension following confusion over the contracting out scheme. Reforms last year fixed the state pension at £159.55 a week, however the amount received depends on a person’s national insurance record. Those who were contracted out will receive a lower state pension to reflect the period … Continue reading Millions of people missing out on the full state pension due to ‘confusing’ system


MPs call for refocus of subsidies on environment - January 10, 2017
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The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has called on the government to refocus farm subsidies on environmental projects after the UK leaves the EU to provide a better balance between support for agriculture and environmental protection. The EAC believes that any new farm subsidies that replace the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) “should have clearly defined objectives … Continue reading MPs call for refocus of subsidies on environment


Wind turbines may lead to significant business rates increase for some farmers - January 10, 2017
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From 1 April 2017 farmers that operate small scale wind turbines may be subject to some significant rises in business rates. The changes, which only apply in England and Wales, take into account the feed-in tariff incentives that were not available at the previous revaluation made by the Valuation Office Agency, leading to an increase … Continue reading Wind turbines may lead to significant business rates increase for some farmers


Small businesses face workplace pension deadline - January 10, 2017
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An estimated 800,000 small businesses are set to reach their auto-enrolment staging date in 2017, which is more than twice as many as last year. The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) shows that since 2012, the number of people saving into a workplace pension has increased by 4.4 million. By … Continue reading Small businesses face workplace pension deadline


Spotlight on Funding LEADER - January 10, 2017
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Are you a farmer based in Yorkshire & the North East, East of England, East or West Midlands? You may be able to apply for funding for projects that create jobs, help your business to grow, and benefit the rural economy. LEADER funding is available to local businesses, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers. To … Continue reading Spotlight on Funding LEADER


Government plans must unlock investment, say farming organisations - December 14, 2016
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A group of rural business leaders and farmers has called on the government to unlock the investment potential of the countryside in its 25-year Plan for Food and Farming or risk damaging the prospects of those who rely on the rural economy. Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom was told to include the countryside in future … Continue reading Government plans must unlock investment, say farming organisations


51,000 farmers in England receive RPA payments - December 14, 2016
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More than 51,000 farmers in England have received their 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money during the initial payment window, according to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) – with many more to benefit by the end of the December. This figure for payments made between 1-2 December represents 59 per cent of eligible claimants and … Continue reading 51,000 farmers in England receive RPA payments


Chancellor cuts Money Purchase Annual Allowance - December 14, 2016
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Philip Hammond has used his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor to cut the Money Purchase Annual Allowance (MPAA) from £10,000 to £4,000 from April 2017. The move will affect people aged 55 and over who have taken funds from their pension savings under the “pension freedoms”, which have been available since April 2015, and reinvested … Continue reading Chancellor cuts Money Purchase Annual Allowance


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