Last month our Adkin surveyors attended the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) Oxfordshire committee’s 10th Annual black-tie dinner held in in the Great Hall at Christ Church College.
The event included a Church service followed by dinner, auctions and a speech from guest speaker Lydia Slack, a former UN intern and model. The evening successfully raised £8000 for the RABI charity.
Photo by Melissa, Polo Images www.poloimages.org
The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 came into effect on 26th June 2017 and now apply throughout the UK meaning farmers buying and selling land need to be prepared for increased security checks during these transactions. The Regulations have resulted in a tighter regime of identity checking for property transactions to reduce the potential opportunities for criminal organisations to fund terrorist activity or launder money.
The lecture this year took place on Wednesday 11th April in the stylish surroundings of the Plaisterers’ Hall at One London Wall, London and was hosted by Julian Sayers in his capacity as Master.
The speakers were Ross Murray and David Christensen and the topic, in line with the Master’s theme for his year, could not be better timed or more important – The Post-Brexit Future for Land Tenure and Occupation.
The BPS 2018 application window is now open and with the deadline coming up on the 15th May 2018 below are some key reminders.
BPS 2018 Scheme Rules
The RPA has published a further updated version of the BPS 2018 Scheme Rules guidance online. The updated guidance can be found on the GOV.uk website or at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/697011/BPS_2018_scheme_rules_v4.0.pdf with the key changes being:
Countryside Stewardship Update
CS Application Packs
The January bulletin reported on the opening of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme application window and included information on the new ‘streamlined’ offers. The ‘Arable Offer’ is now available to apply for online.
The RPA have announced various changes which will affect Basic Payment Scheme applications for 2018. In addition, Natural England is now offering simplified Countryside Stewardship Agreements which aim to be more flexible and accessible.
In light of these changes Adkin, in conjunction with Natural England will be holding a seminar on Thursday 12th April 2018 at 4.30pm
at the Loyd Lindsay Rooms, Ardington, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8PS
RSVP to: Katie Day
Tel: (01235) 862888
BPS & CSS Seminar – April 2018
Katie Day joined Adkin as Practice Manager in February 2018. Katie’s background is Finance based, completing both AAT and a degree in International Accountancy part time, whilst working as a Management Accountant. Katie brings a range of experience from her accountancy background, as well HR knowledge, event management and project planning skills. Here at Adkin, Katie is responsible for a wide range of compliance, health & safety and office management tasks.
As the Government announces that high speed broadband should be a legal right to all business’ and consumers alike, the telecommunications infrastructure is under pressure to deliver across the board. Together with an increasing reliance on telecoms and the emergence of a new era of 5G, the Government has drafted and effected new policy to expedite operators reaching such targets.
The Digital Economy Act 2017
We are delighted to announce the appointment of James Fergusson BA (Hons) MSc, Jack Louineau (BSc (Hons) and Rosa Noll BSc (Hons) to the expanding Adkin team.
James has recently moved back to Oxfordshire after spending a year working for a leading Scottish firm of Property Consultants and Chartered Surveyors in the Highlands. James has an Honours Degree from King’s College London and graduated from the Royal Agricultural University in 2016 with a MSc in Rural Estate Management
Jack graduated from Harper Adams University in 2016 with an Honours Degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management. Prior to graduation Jack spent a year working in a livestock market based on Exmoor where he was involved in a variety of professional work in addition to market work. He then took a year out after after graduating to work hands on in a range of agricultural disciplines and to travel.
Rosa previously worked for a leading national firm of Property Consultants and Chartered Surveyors in Berkshire. She graduated from the Royal Agricultural University in 2012 with an Honours degree in Agricultural Land Management.
BPS 2018: Additional Greening Changes
DEFRA has now confirmed additional changes to the greening rules for BPS 2018;
- Activities permitted after the EFA fallow period ends
February 2018 Bulletin