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On CAP Reform, entitlements and simplification

Julie Robinson
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Britain's membership of the EU has been the hot topic over the last few days. It is no coincidence that the Defra Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, took to his keyboard today to answer questions on CAP Reform during a web chat hosted by the Farmers...

Abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board - Update

Phil Cookson
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We have already blogged twice about the abolition of the AWB. That’s because it matters to our clients, most of whom are in the camp that would welcome the removal of the Board and the opportunity for greater flexibility in employment packages. Some,...

Speak up on the future of the Agricultural Wages Board

Phil Cookson
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This post follows one we wrote in July , in which we wondered out loud what was holding up the Government's plans to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board. Almost three months on, there has been some movement. The Government has issued a consultation on...

Ag tags and adequate market testing

Tom Foottit
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It can be frustratingly difficult to show that an agricultural occupancy restriction on a property is obsolete. A recent decision by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)* contains some useful pointers about what a rigorous market testing exercise would look...

When the grain hits the fan...

Alan Plummer
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If nothing else, there looks like being a bumper crop of contract disputes this year. The difficulties with harvest have been reported on widely (see the BBC's bank holiday coverage ) and the quality - particularly of wheat - is variable. Many grain...

On rents and rules and ruing the day...

Alan Plummer
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The Tenant Farmers Association have put out a strongly-worded press release about the hard-line approach being taken by the Crown Estate on rents. The full press release is here.  The thrust of the TFA’s message is that the Crown Estate seems to...

A never-ending AWB?

Phil Cookson
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Last Friday’s confirmation meeting brings to an end the current round of Agricultural Wages Board deliberations. The increases in hourly rates* will take effect from 1 October this year.  Will this be the last time the parties sit round the table...

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