ARA News Articles

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


Take advantage of the latest grant funding opportunities - November 25, 2017
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A grant funding programme which aims to help small businesses grow and diversify could provide a valuable extra revenue stream for our region. The RDPE Growth Programme (Business Development) is aimed at new or existing small and micro businesses, as well as farmers who want to diversify into non-agricultural activity in a rural area.  The … Continue reading Take advantage of the latest grant funding opportunities


Half of employees happy to accept rise in Workplace Pension contributions next year - November 12, 2017
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A new study by Aviva has found that 50 per cent of the 2,007 people it surveyed would definitely stay ‘opted in’ to a workplace pension scheme following a rise in minimum contributions. From April 2018, minimum pension contributions will rise from the current two per cent (typically one per cent employer and one per cent employee) … Continue reading Half of employees happy to accept rise in Workplace Pension contributions next year


Take advantage of grant funding opportunities – Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Fund - October 15, 2017
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Is your business located within Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Rutland, North Hertfordshire, Uttlesford, South Holland, South Kesteven, Norfolk or Suffolk?  If so, you may be able to apply for funding to help you develop a product, or create new jobs. The Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Fund is currently available to support SMEs, where the main business is in … Continue reading Take advantage of grant funding opportunities – Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Fund


HMRC stops sending statements to those ‘contracted out’ - October 5, 2017
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If you ‘contracted out’ of the state pension between 1978 and 1997 you will no longer receive a statement from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that lays out your entitlement. According to the Financial Times, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) had been due to send a statement to members of private and public sector schemes … Continue reading HMRC stops sending statements to those ‘contracted out’


Defra report calls for focus on public goods rather than direct payments - September 10, 2017
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A new report from Defra’s influential Natural Capital Committee (NCC) has said that the future of farming should focus on public goods and higher animal welfare, rather than direct payments. The Committee, created to advise the government on its delivery of a 25-year environment plan, has said in its new publication that Brexit was a … Continue reading Defra report calls for focus on public goods rather than direct payments


Six in ten workers in agriculture are without a pension, according to TUC - September 2, 2017
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Worrying new figures show that as many as six in ten workers in the agricultural sector are not enrolled into any form of pension scheme, according to the TUC. It believes that many farm workers in the sector are missing out on a decent retirement because they earned less than £10,000 last year, which is … Continue reading Six in ten workers in agriculture are without a pension, according to TUC


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