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Simplified countryside stewardship

The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced its new simplified Countryside Stewardship scheme (CS) offers to complement the existing Higher Tier and Mid Tier offers. It also published more details on its sister scheme that offers grants for restoration of hedgerows and boundaries. The CS, which opened for applications for multi-annual […]

Welcome for Gove vision for farming sector

Many agricultural groups have responded warmly to Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s plans to replace farm subsidies with funding to support farmers to provide public benefits, including environmentally friendly practice and better access to the countryside. Currently, the amount paid to farmers in the UK, which is around £3 billion a year, is based on the […]

Deadline fast approaching for charities yet to file annual return

Deadline fast approaching for charities yet to file annual return Charities with financial years ending on 31 March 2017 have less than a month to go before the final deadline to file their annual return, the Charity Commission has warned. Annual returns must be with the Charity Commission by 31 January 2018. The charity regulator […]