Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Friday, November 26, 2021 - 17:30

Administrator and Bookkeeper

 

Due to retirement, we are looking for a proactive team member to assist with office administration duties and bookkeeping.

The role will be office based and include answering the telephone, responding to emails, managing general day to day office administrative functions plus carrying out bookkeeping remotely for a range of farming and rural clients. The bookkeeping will include entering sales and purchase invoices, reconciling the bank, submitting VAT returns and running monthly/quarterly reports.

We are… Read More

Friday, November 26, 2021 - 11:58

Details of the new Farming Equipment and Technology have been released and are outlined as follows: 

Applications to be submitted by 7th January 2022

Applications will be checked and scored prior to grant funding agreement (GFA) offers are made. You will not automatically get a grant. The grant is expected to be highly competitive, and you are competing against all applications received and scored against the same criteria.

Minimum grant £2,000

Maximum grant £25,000

Once… Read More

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:15

Results of a recent National Audit review of Defra and Environmental Land Management Scheme review have been published:

 

Facts already known about ELMS:

ELMS will be delivered through three components:

  • Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): open to all farmers with payment for actions to manage land in an environmentally sustainable way
  • Local Nature Recovery: payment for more complex actions delivering benefit at a local level and aims to encourage collaboration between farms… Read More
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 09:45

The government have announced an expansion of the popular Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) programme to cover every farm in England.

The programme – which is a partnership between Defra, Natural England and the Environment Agency can provide free 1-2-1 advice to farmers to help them reduce water and air pollution through management of farmyard manure and soils among other things.

In recent years it has reduced the number of serious water pollution incidents by almost a fifth, and helped farmers access £100m in grants to help protect the environment.

The funding for the programme will now be almost doubled, with an additional £17m over the next three years. The new annual budget will… Read More

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 10:34

The scheme is open to all Farmers and Land Managers within an AONB, National Park or Broads. Also, it may be available to Farmers and Land Managers outside the Protected Landscape Areas if they can meet priority areas described below.  

The key areas for the programme are;

Monday, May 24, 2021 - 15:12

A consultation has been released on the governments proposals for delinking the basic payment scheme and also for taking a lump sum and exiting out of the industry. 

If you would like to provide views on the proposals complete the survey here

 

In summary: 

Delinking

Direct payments phased out 2021 – 2027

Delink from 2024. After this payments based on a reference period for 2024 - 2027. Reference period likely to… Read More

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 09:57

Are you thinking about planting some new woodland?

We outline some aspects for consideration and the options currently available here:

What size of woodland will you create? 

For an area greater than 3 hectares but less than 10 hectares:

Woodland grants within Countryside Stewardship can offer one off grants to support the preparation of a Woodland Management Plan and planting. 

1. Apply for a Woodland Management Planning grant. 

This will provide a flat rate payment of £1,000 towards the cost of preparing a 10 year woodland management plan which meets UK Forestry Standards. This plan will help with… Read More

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 14:52

Direct payment (BPS) transition

Payment deductions start 2021

Known deduction rate for 2021

No detail on how the payment deductions will be set between 2022 and 2027 (assume flat rate)

No payments from 2028 (final payment 2027)

 

Delinking of payments

Potentially delinked in 2022Read More

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 14:10

Today the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus

This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees.

To be eligible, employees will need to:

  • earn at least £520 per month (above the Lower Earnings Limit) on average for… Read More
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 15:36

Key Dates & Environmental Schemes: 

 

Basic Payment Scheme Dates:

  • EFA Fallow retain until 30th June
  • Catch Crops establish by 20th August and retain until 14th October
  • Cover Crops establish by 1st Oct and retain until 15th January 

 

Countryside Stewardship: Read More