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A new Agricultural Bill has been announced today by Parliament to support a Green Brexit.  The Bill details a new system “public money for public goods”.  The BPS subsidy system will be phased out over the next seven years and replaced by an Environmental Land Management system.  A trial will start next year, with pilots running from 2021.

The 91 page briefing paper does not give any firm commitments, and the Government will not be in a position to do so until negotiations with the EU are completed.

Key highlights include:

·         BPS will be on the same basis as currently, subject to simplifications where possible, for 2019 and 2020 and will be phased out over a seven year period – 2021 to 2027.

·         Direct payments during the ‘agricultural transition period’ (2021-2027) in England will be ‘delinked’ from the requirement to farm the land – giving farmers the flexibility to plan for the future and help attract new entrants into the sector.

·         Payments may be calculated on monies received previously and allow farmers to use these funds to invest in their business, diversify activities or simply retire from farming.

·         Most farmers will see a payment reduction during the transition period.  Initially those who receive the highest payments will see the bigger reductions.

·         Transparency in the supply chain will be strengthen, helping farmers get a better deal in the marketplace.

·         2027 will be the final year of BPS payments.

 

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Alnwick

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Greenwell Rd
Northumberland
NE66 1HB

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01665 606 800

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Hexham
Northumberland
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Estate Agency
01434 608 980

Land Agency
01434 609 000

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Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Northallerton
North Yorkshire
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Land Agency
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Sedgefield
Co. Durham
TS21 2AQ

Estate Agency
01740 617 377

Land Agency
01740 622 100

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Thornhill
Dumfriesshire
DG3 5LS

Land Agency
01848 332 414