ARA News Articles

Rural economy may suffer under Neighbourhood Planning Bill, according to CLA - November 28, 2016
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The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has called on the government to make changes to the proposed planning and compulsory purchase system to ensure the rural economy isn’t adversely affected. The Neighbourhood Planning Bill underwent its Second Reading last month, but the CLA has said that the legislation had the potential to impose unnecessary … Continue reading Rural economy may suffer under Neighbourhood Planning Bill, according to CLA


Farmers are encouraged to use Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme to boost their business - November 28, 2016
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Farmers and farm businesses across the UK are being encouraged to learn more about the government’s Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme and how it can help them improve their connection and save money. Run by The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the scheme offers subsidies for the installation and equipment required for a basic broadband … Continue reading Farmers are encouraged to use Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme to boost their business


Make the most of the new pension exit cap - November 28, 2016
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Earlier this year it was revealed that some pension providers were charging fees of up to 10 per cent to withdraw money early as part of the changes to pension freedoms. These freedoms, which came into effect in April 2015, allow anyone over the age of 55 to withdraw as much as they wanted from … Continue reading Make the most of the new pension exit cap


Farmers may benefit from future public contracts post-Brexit - September 23, 2016
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A government adviser on Brexit has suggested that farm payments should be directed towards individual projects which deliver defined and specific environmental benefits. In a first clear indication of the direction of future subsidies post-Brexit Dieter Helm, professor of economics at Oxford University, said farmers would have to bid for contracts to undertake environmental work. … Continue reading Farmers may benefit from future public contracts post-Brexit


Pig prices reach new heights - September 23, 2016
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With the focus of farmers very much on farmgate prices at the moment, pig farmers have much to celebrate as prices have risen to their highest level since February 2015. The EU-specification Standard Pig Price (SPP) for the week ending 27 August has risen 1.29p to 137.30p/kg. Meanwhile, the Average Pig Price (APP) increased by … Continue reading Pig prices reach new heights


Only a quarter of Britons are pension-savvy, according to a new report - September 23, 2016
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New research has showed that some of Britain’s over 50s are holding back on withdrawals to pass on their pension tax-efficiently, but many are missing out. The latest figures show one in four over 50s with a private, defined contribution scheme and flexible drawdown, are planning to leave aroudn 45 per cent of their pension … Continue reading Only a quarter of Britons are pension-savvy, according to a new report


Farmers affected in government clampdown on extra dwellings - August 9, 2016
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The government’s clampdown on second homes is likely to affect famers and rural estates looking to diversify, according to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). The Association said that in the last few years they had seen an increasing tax assault on people with extra dwellings and warned that farmers needed to be aware … Continue reading Farmers affected in government clampdown on extra dwellings


Farm borrowing reaches record £17.8 billion - August 9, 2016
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A new report from the National Farmers Union (NFU) has shown that farm borrowing has risen to a new record of £17.8 billion in the year to the end of June. This is a 6.4 per cent increase and marks a rise of £208 million just in the month of June, which compares with a … Continue reading Farm borrowing reaches record £17.8 billion


It was 20 years ago ….. - August 9, 2016
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According to the Beatles, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play, ‘20 years ago today’, but as far as we know he didn’t provide the fanfare for the launch of MT Financial Management. It was indeed 20 years ago, in 1996 that MT Financial Management was launched in Spalding and since then it has gone … Continue reading It was 20 years ago …..


NFU lays out its Brexit priorities to government - July 7, 2016
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The National Farmers Union (NFU) has responded to the uncertainty of the UK’s agricultural sector post-Brexit by launching a consultation on the future of British farming and domestic farming policy. At an extraordinary NFU Council meeting held at the end of June, the organisation’s president Meurig Raymond said the government had to recognise the economic … Continue reading NFU lays out its Brexit priorities to government


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