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.

 

Draft flood risk management plans

The Environment Agency consultation on Flood Risk Management Plans considered priorities and objectives at the River Basin District scale to manage flood risk.  The CLA indicated that a key priority for all areas was to secure an efficient and reliable funding mechanism.  If Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA), groups of landowners and individuals are to secure an efficient and reliable funding mechanism that will deliver the investment that their region or local catchment needs to manage flood risk then the partnership funding issues need to be addressed.  The lack of private investment in flood defences has the potential to increase the extent and impact of flood risk.  The CLA proposed broader fiscal incentives (tax relief) to encourage private investment to come forward.

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Draft flood risk management plans

The Environment Agency consultation on Flood Risk Management Plans considered priorities and objectives at the River Basin District scale to manage flood risk.  The CLA indicated that a key priority for all areas was to secure an efficient and reliable funding mechanism.  If Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA), groups of landowners and individuals are to secure an efficient and reliable funding mechanism that will deliver the investment that their region or local catchment needs to manage flood risk then the partnership funding issues need to be addressed.  The lack of private investment in flood defences has the potential to increase the extent and impact of flood risk.  The CLA proposed broader fiscal incentives (tax relief) to encourage private investment to come forward.

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Environment Scorecard

Many of the environmental issues covered in the National Audit Office briefing represent long-term challenges.  CLA believe it is difficult to assess performance on environmental protection since 2010, as up-to-date performance information is not always available, and the impact of recent changes (positive or negative) may not yet have taken effect.  What we do know is that since 2010, woodland has come under increased threat from pests and diseases, that England is not on currently course to meet its 2020 Biodiversity Strategy targets - and that new ways to pay for biodiversity, such as through offsetting, need to be looked at - and that resilience to climate change needs to improve.

For further details, please read the full CLA submission to the inquiry undertaken by the Environment Audit Committee.

Environment Scorecard

Many of the environmental issues covered in the National Audit Office briefing represent long-term challenges.  CLA believe it is difficult to assess performance on environmental protection since 2010, as up-to-date performance information is not always available, and the impact of recent changes (positive or negative) may not yet have taken effect.  What we do know is that since 2010, woodland has come under increased threat from pests and diseases, that England is not on currently course to meet its 2020 Biodiversity Strategy targets - and that new ways to pay for biodiversity, such as through offsetting, need to be looked at - and that resilience to climate change needs to improve.

For further details, please read the full CLA submission to the inquiry undertaken by the Environment Audit Committee.

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