New basic rules for farmers to take diffuse water pollution from agriculture in England

This consultation covered a number of proposed new basic rules for farmers in England to help tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture with a focus on phosphates.  The intention is that the new rules will provide a new baseline for industry practice and if introduced would be supported by an advice led approach focussed on outcomes rather than paperwork, and would not be part of cross compliance.

Although most farmers are carrying out this best practice the CLA supports a non statutory approach as opposed to legislation.  Why legislate when the majority are carrying out best practice anyway.

New basic rules for farmers to take diffuse water pollution from agriculture in England

This consultation covered a number of proposed new basic rules for farmers in England to help tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture with a focus on phosphates.  The intention is that the new rules will provide a new baseline for industry practice and if introduced would be supported by an advice led approach focussed on outcomes rather than paperwork, and would not be part of cross compliance.

Although most farmers are carrying out this best practice the CLA supports a non statutory approach as opposed to legislation.  Why legislate when the majority are carrying out best practice anyway.

Revised Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice

Duty of care is a legal requirement for those dealing with certain kinds of waste to take all reasonable steps to keep it safe.  It is set out in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and applies to anyone who is a holder of household, industrial and commercial waste.

This consultation by Defra was to ensure that revised code of practice for waste gives clear and practical guidance on fulfilling legal duty of care obligations.  The current code of practice did not reflect a number of important legislative changes relating to the duty of care since its publication in 1996.

Revised Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice

Duty of care is a legal requirement for those dealing with certain kinds of waste to take all reasonable steps to keep it safe.  It is set out in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and applies to anyone who is a holder of household, industrial and commercial waste.

This consultation by Defra was to ensure that revised code of practice for waste gives clear and practical guidance on fulfilling legal duty of care obligations.  The current code of practice did not reflect a number of important legislative changes relating to the duty of care since its publication in 1996.

The Government's approach to sustainable development inquiry

This inquiry considers the key policies needed over the course of this Parliament to adequately protect the environment, promote growth in the low carbon sector and improve wellbeing.  The CLA submission advocates the adoption of an overarching approach to underpin specific key policies, focused primarily on natural capital and natural capital accounting.  This accords a value to nature and services landowners and managers provide to society, with a view to creating new markets for ecosystem services and investment.

The Government's approach to sustainable development inquiry

This inquiry considers the key policies needed over the course of this Parliament to adequately protect the environment, promote growth in the low carbon sector and improve wellbeing.  The CLA submission advocates the adoption of an overarching approach to underpin specific key policies, focused primarily on natural capital and natural capital accounting.  This accords a value to nature and services landowners and managers provide to society, with a view to creating new markets for ecosystem services and investment.

GN23-15 Countryside Stewardship

Countryside Stewardship (CS) is a voluntary and competitive scheme under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) that will be more targeted and focused than previous agri-environment schemes.  It will be open to all eligible farmers, foresters and land managers.  It will replace Environmental Stewardship, the English Woodland Grant Scheme and capital grants from the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) programme.

Farmers and land managers can start applying for CS from July 2015.  Agreements and payments will begin in 2016.  Applications for 2015 will now be paper based.

Incentivising private expenditure on flood defences

The Chancellor announced his intention to introduce tax relief for businesses that part-fund government-led flood defence projects and repairs in the Autumn Financial Statement.  The CLA has responded to the consultation on the proposed tax relief to encourage the Government to widen the scope of the relief to cover all private investment by both businesses and individuals into any approved flood defence scheme, even if there is no Environment Agency funding available for that scheme.

 

Incentivising private expenditure on flood defences

The Chancellor announced his intention to introduce tax relief for businesses that part-fund government-led flood defence projects and repairs in the Autumn Financial Statement.  The CLA has responded to the consultation on the proposed tax relief to encourage the Government to widen the scope of the relief to cover all private investment by both businesses and individuals into any approved flood defence scheme, even if there is no Environment Agency funding available for that scheme.

 

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