Wednesday, 12 September 2018
The latest Agricultural Bill was presented to Parliament today. We have pulled together the main points from the Bill that could affect our clients.
- The bill sets out in broad terms how the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will be replaced in England by an Environmental Land Management system, which is to use “public money for public goods” and will begin tests and trials next year (2019) and pilots from 2021.
- BPS will remain unchanged for 2019 and will be dealt with on a similar basis in 2020, with simplifications being made where possible.
- A 7 year “agricultural transition” period from 2021 to 2027 when BPS will be phased out.
- Capping is to be applied to all BPS claimants.
- BPS payments are to be “delinked” from the existing requirement to carry out an “agricultural activity” on agricultural land. Instead, the payments “may be calculated according to money received in previous years”, so could see an historic reference period applied.
We believe this is the time to look at making changes on farms; introducing on-farm efficiencies, investing in agricultural technologies and investigating diversification and planning opportunities to put our clients ahead of the game.
If you would like further advice on any matters arising from the Agricultural Bill, don’t hesitate to contact our Rural team.
Rugby: 01788 564666
Atherstone: 01827 718021
Ashby: 01530 877977
Towcester: 01327 353575