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Farmers to have their say on NMW rates - September 14, 2015
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Two years ago the Government took the decision to abolish the Agricultural Wage Board and instead place the agricultural and horticultural sectors in England under the National Minimum Wage. As part of this transition the National Farmers Union (NFU) has been invited to submit evidence to the Low Pay Commission regarding the NMW in the … Continue reading Farmers to have their say on NMW rates


Inheritance Tax implications on holiday lets - September 14, 2015
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A recent First Tier Tribunal (FTT) case may have significant implications on the inheritance tax of furnish holiday letting (FHL) businesses. In the case of Green vs HMRC the FTT assessed whether the activities conducted by Anne Green were extensive enough to rebut the assumption that her FHL business was an investment. The taxpayer claimed … Continue reading Inheritance Tax implications on holiday lets


Annual Investment Allowance set to change - September 14, 2015
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Farming businesses seeking investment in machinery and equipment will be delighted to hear that the annual investment allowance (AIA) has been increased to £200,000. Currently business are allowed to deduct up to £500,000 from pre-tax profits towards the cost of investment in new equipment, but this amount was set to plummet to £25,000 at the … Continue reading Annual Investment Allowance set to change


Grant scheme aims to support rural communities - August 14, 2015
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More than £24 million of grant money has been made available to support rural communities, as part of a new government-led Growth Programme. Farming Minister, George Eustice, recently announced that applications for the new programme would be open to any projects that will bring benefits and economic improvements to local areas. This could include helping … Continue reading Grant scheme aims to support rural communities


Arable farmland value rises quicker than top London homes - August 14, 2015
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Changes to the value of large blocks of arable land mean they have overtaken prices for prime central London residential property, according to new figures. The research conducted by Knight Frank as part of its new farmland investment index, showed that over the last 10 years the value of arable blocks with investment potential (more … Continue reading Arable farmland value rises quicker than top London homes


Making the most of your finances – now and in the future - August 14, 2015
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In today’s complicated marketplace, professional and impartial advice is paramount when it comes to finding the best solutions to meet your clients’ financial needs. MT Financial Management is a firm of Chartered Financial Planners that provides independent and unbiased financial planning, investment portfolio management, pension review and trust review services to the clients of Moore … Continue reading Making the most of your finances – now and in the future


Ineffective policy making cut farming’s contribution to the UK economy - July 16, 2015
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The ability of British agriculture to achieve its objective of ‘producing more from less’ has been hampered by single issue policy making at European and UK levels according to the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) – the trade body for Britain’s agriculture supply industry. In a new report the AIC has estimated that the imbalance between … Continue reading Ineffective policy making cut farming’s contribution to the UK economy


Are farmers offering what customers want? - July 16, 2015
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The ten top factors that would encourage consumers to buy more UK produce have been revealed in a new study by Barclays. The research conducted by the bank found that two thirds of British consumers were willing to support UK farmers and that they would be willing to pay up to 17% extra on average … Continue reading Are farmers offering what customers want?


Be prepared for changes to investment following the Budget - July 16, 2015
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The summer Budget delivered by the Chancellor earlier this month could have a significant impact on pensions, savings and investing over the next five years. During his speech George Osborne said that the Budget recognised “the hard work and sacrifice of the British people over the past five years.” However, for those on a higher … Continue reading Be prepared for changes to investment following the Budget


New survey reveals the state of farm wages - June 22, 2015
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A new survey conducted among 1,300 readers of Farmers Weekly has revealed that most farmers earn well above the average UK gross salary, dispelling myths that the industry underpays its employees. The survey, conducted online in April 2015, was completed by farm-based workers (FBWs) and by those working in agriculture-related businesses (ARBs). The study shows … Continue reading New survey reveals the state of farm wages


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