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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


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


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