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Autumn Statement: What does it mean for farmers?

Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement offers some welcome news for farmers – including a national insurance cut, the extension of current business rate relief and a freeze on alcohol duty. However, further detail on how Agricultural Property Relief will apply to ELMS is desperately needed, said NFU Mutual.

What could the Autumn Statement mean for farmers?

Ahead of Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement, due to be presented on 22nd November, Sean McCann, chartered financial planner at NFU Mutual, picks out three things farmers should look out for…

Steve Barclay appointed new environment secretary as Coffey quits

The MP for north east Cambridgeshire has become the fifth environment secretary in four years, as Thérèse Coffey quits in Cabinet reshuffle.

Advance BPS payments welcomed in Wales

NFU Cymru has welcomed the news that 96% of farmers will receive an advance payment worth 70% of their Basic Payment Scheme today (12th October).

Calls for clarity on UK-USA trade partnership

Scottish ministers have written to the UK Government to raise ‘serious concerns’ over media reports about a ‘foundational trade partnership’ between the UK and US.

“Deafening silence” from the Big Six as petition passes 50,000 signatures

A campaign calling for fairer treatment of farmers by supermarkets and their suppliers has gained significant traction – yet organisers say there has been no response from ‘the Big Six’ so far.

HS2: Landowners urged to seek expert advice

In light of the prime minister’s recent announcement on HS2, landowners who had their land compulsorily purchased by the government are being urged to seek expert advice if they plan on buying their land back.

Canadian campaign seeks to delay the UK’s entry to CPTPP

A trio of Canadian cattle groups has launched a campaign to delay the UK’s entrance to the trade bloc after a dispute over food standards.

Minette Batters: “Really tough” decision to step down from NFU

After 10 years as an NFU office holder, Minette Batters will end her presidency in February 2024.

Rishi Sunak scraps new boiler ban and meat tax proposals

The prime minister has announced a series of row backs on the government’s net zero plans, covering electric cars, new boilers and home upgrades, as well as a proposal to tax meat consumption.

“Support British farmers”, consumers urged as farms battle challenging weather and rising imports

The National Sheep Association is highlighting the importance of British consumers having access to high quality, affordable British food, that also benefits the countryside and farming communities.

Deadline extended for Countryside Stewardship applications

As poor weather has made for a particularly challenging harvest, Defra has extended the application window for CS Mid Tier agreements until mid-September.

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