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2017 BPS payments still not received by thousands of farmers and growers - March 27, 2018
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According to recent research by the NFU, around 3,000 farmers are still awaiting their 2017 BPS payments. It is believed that around 95% of farmers in England have now received their payments from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), however, a small proportion are still yet to have their payments confirmed. The NFU is concerned that … Continue reading 2017 BPS payments still not received by thousands of farmers and growers


Is your farming business ready for the latest minimum wage rise? - March 27, 2018
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On 1 April 2018, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will increase for all age groups. Aimed at improving the prospects of young workers, the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the Autumn Budget that statutory wage rates would once again increase this year. For those currently receiving the NLW, i.e. anyone … Continue reading Is your farming business ready for the latest minimum wage rise?


Important pension protection lost by many working couples - March 27, 2018
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Families across the UK could be missing out on millions of pounds of additional pension income as they fail to realise the connection between claiming child benefit and protecting their state pension record. In January 2013 the Government introduced the High-Income Child Benefit Tax Charge, which saw a tax charge incurred if a parent receives … Continue reading Important pension protection lost by many working couples


Rise of pension scams leads to call for action - February 26, 2018
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New research from the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has revealed that the majority of UK adults want stricter rules put in place to ensure their pension pots are safe. The PLSA found that while 88 per cent of people surveyed felt the checks pension providers undertake to protect consumers from scams are good, … Continue reading Rise of pension scams leads to call for action


Farm landlords need to take a step back and consider growing uncertainty in the sector, according to the Tenant Farmers Association - February 26, 2018
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Fears about growing in the agriculture sector have prompted the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) to call on landlords to “step back” from pushing higher rents in their annual reviews. Traditionally rent reviews are issued around February/March and September/October, with a notice served at least 12 months prior to the review date. The TFA has issued … Continue reading Farm landlords need to take a step back and consider growing uncertainty in the sector, according to the Tenant Farmers Association


Compulsory milk contracts and £10m collaboration fund offered by Government - February 26, 2018
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Dairy farmers across the UK are being offered a helping hand by the Government following the announcement of a range of measures including compulsory milk contracts and £10m collaboration fund. The fund of up to £10 million is part of a series of measures to help both farmers and small producers compete alongside larger businesses … Continue reading Compulsory milk contracts and £10m collaboration fund offered by Government


Farming subsidies to continue for extra two years - January 17, 2018
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The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has promised UK farmers that they will receive the same amount of subsidies form the Government as they do from the EU five years after Brexit. Farmers currently receive around £3 billion a year from the EU in subsidies which are based on the land they manage. This latest announcement … Continue reading Farming subsidies to continue for extra two years


NFU calls for delay to Making Tax Digital - January 17, 2018
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The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on HM Revenue & Customs to reconsider its plans for introducing Making Tax Digital, which will require some farmers to keep digital records and submit their VAT returns directly from their financial software by 2019. HMRC is currently preparing for the first phase of the new regime, which … Continue reading NFU calls for delay to Making Tax Digital


The UK ranks lowest for state pension amongst advanced nations, says OECD - January 17, 2018
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A new report has found that the UK’s State Pension is the least generous of all the most advanced economies in the world. Research by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found that full-time workers in the UK do relatively poorly, with the average pensioner expected to receive just 29 per cent … Continue reading The UK ranks lowest for state pension amongst advanced nations, says OECD


63 per cent of eligible farmers receive BPS payments in early December - December 10, 2017
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With the first payment window now passed in early December, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has now confirmed that more than 54,000 farmers in England have been paid their 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) funding. The RPA’s figures indicate that around 63 per cent of eligible claimants received their BPS cash between 1 and 6 … Continue reading 63 per cent of eligible farmers receive BPS payments in early December


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