Drinking Water Regulations 2017

DEFRA has consulted on various changes to the Drinking Water Regulations.  The CLA has responded expressing concerns about the additional costs that could be imposed on the owners of private supplies and has urged firstly that any changes be proportionate to the potential problem and secondly that local authorities are subject to an obligation to keep them to a minimum.

Briefing Note A01-17: Proposed Greening Changes for Basic Payment Scheme 2018 ENGLAND

The European Union has decided to implement a series of “greening simplifications” due to come into effect for the 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). The CLA lobbied Defra not to support the proposals on the basis that the greening changes would not provide the desired environmental outcomes and the short timescales for implementation and lack of clear guidance would cause problems. However, they will now become part of the BPS requirements. Some aspects of the changes are clear, but the details of others are still be agreed. This briefing note covers the planned changes and how they may impact upon members’ BPS applications for 2018. The CLA is lobbying for official guidance from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) which is anticipated to be released in September.

The Future of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides

Defra have announced that it is their intention to disband the ACP and replace it with a non-statutory expert scientific committee, providing advice to ministers.  Defra feel that the ACP, formed in 1985, no longer fulfils its original purpose.  At its inception, the bulk of regulation on pesticides was taken at Member State level, however by 2012, regulation is almost entirely passed at a European level.  Defra felt this was the preferred option and the CLA has conditionally welcomed the move.  It agrees that a new committee with a renewed remit is appropriate in light of recommendations made by the Chief Scientific Adviser, and independent reviews within Government

Bovine Tuberculosis: The Government's approach to tackling the disease and consultation on a badger control policy

The Government has consulted on the merits of adding culling to the list of which Bovine TB can be controlled and eradicated. 

For years the CLA has been pressing the government to do more to mitigate the impact of bTB on rural business.  The effect the disease has had on farmers and others in the South West and the Midlands is appalling.  Thousands of cattle are slaughtered each year at huge financial and emotional cost to farmers.  Moreover the costs to the tax payer are significant and rising year on year.

The Official Feed and Food Controls (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

The CLA opposes the FSA's proposal, it is felt that by allowing the consultation document itself shows that the FSA has prejudged the situation, assuming that anyone who disagrees with their interpretation is non-compliant with food law.  Thus they cannot be allowed to be judge, jury and executioner and the Food Business Operator must be allowed to remain in business to have the case heard by an independent appeal.

 

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