Focus On Agricultural and Rural Affairs

Call for farmers to be exempt from Making Tax Digital quarterly reporting requirements - 30 Mar, 2017

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In the Spring Budget, it was announced that unincorporated businesses with a turnover below the VAT threshold would not be required to comply with quarterly digital reporting, under the Making Tax Digital…

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Property investment: Farmers fear planning complications and SDLT - 30 Mar, 2017

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An increasing number of rural businesses are investing in residential and commercial properties – to the tune of around £13billion a year, so a new report from the Country, Land and Business Association…

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PM provides reassurance that farming subsidies for leading landowners could continue after Brexit - 30 Mar, 2017

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Prime Minister Theresa May has reassured leading UK landowners who currently enjoy vast farming subsidies under the European Union (EU)’s Common Agricultural Policy will not miss out when Britain comes…

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Farmers could be hit by ‘death tax’ hike - 30 Mar, 2017

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Hefty increases in fees payable to the Probate Registry (‘probate fees’), which have widely been condemned as a ‘tax on death’, are set to place a significant additional financial burden on rural…

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What does the falling pound mean for farming? - 27 Oct, 2016

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There is still huge uncertainty surrounding the exact path that Brexit will carve out for many industries, but one thing we can be certain of is that the value of our currency is falling, and this is impacting…

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Farm borrowing reaches record £17.8 billion - 27 Oct, 2016

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A new report from the National Farmers Union (NFU) has shown that farm borrowing has risen to a new record of £17.8 billion in the year to the end of June. This is a 6.4 per cent increase and marks

Pig prices climb to a new high - 27 Oct, 2016

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Pig farmers currently have more to celebrate than many rural businesses, reliant on farm-gate income, as prices have recently risen to their highest level since February 2015. The EU-specification Standard…

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Farmers welcome fall in rent charges - 27 Oct, 2016

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The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has released data showing that, overall, UK farm rents appear to be falling, as farm-gate prices continue to sink in several sectors. The TFA’s latest figures show…

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Government cuts red tape in bid to increase farming productivity - 27 Oct, 2016

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The Government has begun implementing changes to simplify the rules governing animal movement in a bid to reduce red tape, and improve productivity, in the agricultural sector. A new system for registering…

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Brexit will give boost to British produce providers, says retail report - 18 Aug, 2016

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New research from a retail specialist Kantar Retail has suggested that supermarkets that have cultivated good relations with British farms will see the greatest success during Brexit negotiations. Kantar’s…

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