Agriculture Bill marks way for Public Money for Public Goods

Posted by LindaStenner on January 21, 2020

Agriculture Bill marks way for Public Money for Public Goods

January 21, 2020 at 10:50 AM

The Agriculture Bill has been introduced in parliament triggering the beginning of a new regime of agricultural support with ‘Public Money for Public Goods’ key to future payments through the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS).

The agricultural transition period in England is to be seven years, starting in 2021 when direct payments will be start to be phased out with 2027 the final year when direct payment is made in England.

“The Government has already confirmed that the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will remain, largely unchanged, for 2020 with the introduction of the Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill 2019-20, together with a funding guarantee for agricultural support in 2020,” said Kathryn Williams, chartered surveyor  at Davis Meade Property Consultants.

“The new Agriculture Bill gives power to modify the Basic Payment Scheme to simplify administration particularly for cross border claimants and for greening. Delinked payments are due to replace direct payments under BPS with 2022 the earliest that this can happen. There is also power to de-link payment from land modifying the ‘active farmer’ rule for delinked payments.

“There will also be greater flexibility for Environmental and Countryside Stewardship schemes to manage the transition to ELMS, allowing conversions from old to the new scheme,” she said.

The bill has new financial assistance powers to pay public money for public goods laid out in the 25 Year Environment Plan, such as: clean air; clean and plentiful water; thriving plants and wildlife; soils; a reduced risk of harm from environmental hazards such as flooding and drought; using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently, including mitigating and adapting to climate change; and, enhanced beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment. Soils and the uplands also figure more prominently than before.

The Secretary of State must set out plans for giving this new financial assistance before January 1, 2021.

For more information contact Kathryn Williams at Davis Meade Property Consultants on 01691 659658 email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com

 

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