Proposals to help eradicate Bovine Tuberculosis in England

The CLA supports the UK Government’s 25-year strategy to eradicate bTB and welcomes the ‘new drive and concerted effort’ to reduce disease levels, referenced in the Godfray Review. This next phase, focusing on the development of a cattle vaccine in the next five years and improving diagnostic testing, is a positive step. We also welcome the intention to support livestock keepers in introducing improved biosecurity on their holdings and reduce high risk cattle trading between farms. However, we are deeply concerned that if culling is heavily restricted before an effective cattle vaccine is readily available, there could be serious consequences for businesses and farmer wellbeing.

The regulation of Genetic Technologies

The CLA has responded to Defra’s consultation on the regulation of genetic technologies. The consultation states that the government is looking to legislate to allow a specific kind of gene editing technology within the next 1-2 years. The CLA sees a number of opportunities presented by this new technology, though there are some important issues to be considered, as outlined in our response.

Briefing Note: Sustainable Farming Incentive Pilot 2021

Defra published information on the Sustainable Farming Incentive National Pilot on 10 March 2021.  This briefing summarises the Defra publication, with information on how the pilot will operate. The full Defra publication is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sustainable-farming-incentive-scheme-pilot-launch-overview/sustainable-farming-incentive-defras-plans-for-piloting-and-launching-the-scheme

GN12-21 Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020

These Regulations came into force on 1 June 2020 (England only) and introduce another important element to the long list of landlords’ legal responsibilities. They place an obligation on private landlords to check compliance with the relevant electrical safety standards in order to ensure that electrical installations in the private rented sector are safe for continued use.  

This Guidance Note sets out the scope of the new legislation; the implications for relevant landlords; the enforcement regime and some practical advice on what steps landlords should be taking now.  

Members should please note that these Regulations will apply to existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.

Farming Rules for Water Review

Defra has undertaken a short, targeted consultation on the Farming Rules for Water, aiming to gauge the level of knowledge of compliance with these rules across England.  In our CLA response, we highlighted that while there is a lack of awareness of the rules themselves, many farmers and landowners are nevertheless taking action to reduce pollution risks from their land.  This response was supported through a survey of CLA members.

GN08-21 Green Homes Grant (England)

The Green Homes Grant (GHG) is a £2 billion scheme which will fund two-thirds of the cost of specific home improvements up to a maximum contribution of £5,000 (or £10,000 for low-income households).  The grant opened on 30 September 2020 and is set to close on 31 March 2022.  This guidance note looks at who is eligible for the grant and how to apply for a voucher as well as other frequently asked questions.

Defining a new baseline and assessing the implications of change to SSSI reporting metric

Natural England consulted on a change to the way Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) condition was measured and reported for official statistics.  The CLA response highlighted the risk of this change leading to negative impacts for land managers with SSSI land.  You can see the original consultation page here:

: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/natural-england/changes-to-the-measurement-metric-used-to-report-o/

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