HS2 Phase 2A Property Compensation 2015: West Midlands - Crewe

The DfT consulted on the voluntary compensation measures for HS2 from West Midlands to Crewe.  The CLA argued that they should review all their current measures to ensure that they properly address the severe impact of HS2 on the landowner.  In particular slow processing and poor acceptance rate for the Need to Sell scheme, the need to compensate for scheme to compensate for the landlords interest, bring compensation payments forward to allow for replacement buildings and the need for DfT to push for Capital Taxation reform as it relates to compulsory purchase.

Reforming the business energy efficiency tax landscape

The CLA responded to the HMRC Business Energy Tax Review Consultation.  The consultation considers simplification of the business energy tax landscape to reduce policy overlap between the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) and the Climate Change Levy (CCL).  The main proposal is to simplify the energy tax landscape by ending the CRC scheme which generally applies to mid and large scale energy using corporate business and instead adapt the CCL to make it a more effective driver of energy efficiency.  Changes to Climate Change Agreements (which provide some energy intensive sectors with reduced rates of CCL) are also proposed.  The change would be revenue neutral and so would suggest a rebalancing of the burned from large businesses onto smaller businesses.  The CLA response highlights concerns around the impact on smaller businesses and the need to provide protection from increased energy costs for energy intensive agricultural businesses and also suggests ways to ensure the levy encourages improved energy efficiency amongst businesses including with incentive schemes.

Review of the Feed in Tariff

CLA response to the consultation on the DECC Feed in Tariff review 2015.  The DECC review proposes significant changes to the FiT scheme including tariff reductions to all technologies, but in particular PV as well as placing a budget cap on the scheme which would limit deployment of technology.  The CLA response highlights our concerns in relation to the proposals in particular the budget caps and the scale of the tariff reductions proposed which would seriously limit the uptake of renewable energy.

Strategic Review of Digital Communications

The CLA has formally responded to Ofcom's consultation regarding the strategic review of digital communications.  In the CLA's response, we outline the rationale for the need to retain the present relationship between Openreach and the BT group by stating that proposing structural separation at the present time would seriously affect those areas of rural Britain that do not have access to superfast broadband as future investment would be jeopardised.

Strategic Review of Digital Communications

The CLA has formally responded to Ofcom's consultation regarding the strategic review of digital communications.  In the CLA's response, we outline the rationale for the need to retain the present relationship between Openreach and the BT group by stating that proposing structural separation at the present time would seriously affect those areas of rural Britain that do not have access to superfast broadband as future investment would be jeopardised.

Changes to Feed-in Tariff pre Accreditation

This is the CLA response to a DECC consultation on the removal of Pre accreditation from the Feed-in Tariff for renewable energy.  Pre accreditation allows those undertaking renewable energy projects in excess of 50kW capacity to pre accredit with the scheme and reduces the risk posed by tariff degression.  In our response the CLA highlighted concerns that removal of pre accreditation would make it more difficult to finance projects, particularly those with long planning and construction time scales like anerobic digestion and hydro power making it harder for farmers, landowners and businesses to undertake renewable energy projects.

GN18-15 Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP)

In 2013 The Government announced the Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) in which £150 million would be invested to improve mobile coverage in areas where there is currently no coverage from any of the Mobile Network Operators – so called “not spot” areas.   Arqiva is tasked with enabling the roll out of these masts across the UK and is currently searching for suitable sites and is contacting local farmers, landowners and rural businesses.  This Guidance Note is a summary of some of the issues that the CLA has identified.

GN07-15 Broadband

This guidance note sets out a definition of broadband, the technologies used in the provision of 2nd generation broadband and superfast broadband and the role and importance of alternative technologies in providing effective and affordable broadband for rural areas.  It also sets out the Government's strategy in the rollout of superfast broadband and the CLA's position and objectives.

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