The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) confirmed on the 4th January 2017 that 91% of farmers received a payment by the 31st December 2016. They have therefore met their target to pay 90% of claimants by that date and the next target is to pay 93% of claimants by the end of March 2017.
Adkin are delighted to announce that Jess has passed her CAAV exams and has been promoted to the position of Senior Surveyor to reflect her hard work and increased responsibilities within the business.
The payment window for 2016 claims is now open and we are aware that payments have commenced. Please ensure you check the amount carefully as there have already been incorrect payments where mapping work is ongoing or incorrect on the system.
Residential Lettings – Reminders
There have been a number of changes to the legislation governing residential lettings over the last year. Below is a reminder of the measures landlords must ensure are in place:
2016 Exchange Rate
The Euro exchange rate applicable to BPS 2016 payments was set on the 30th September 2016.
It is the average of the European Central Bank exchange rates set during September 2016 and is €1 = £0.85228.
This is positive news compared with BPS 2015 which saw an exchange rate of €1 = £0.73129.
Julian Sayers hosted the 25th Anniversary Dinner for the Rural Youth Trust in his capacity as Chairman of Trustees in the presence of Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal at The Farmers Club last week. The event provided an opportunity to celebrate the work of the Trust since its inception in 1991 including the awarding of over 480 grants to rural youth organisations throughout England and Wales to thank those who were instrumental in establishing the Charity and to seek to increase the Trust’s present capital reserves during the Anniversary year.
Julian Sayers has recently been elected as the Senior Warden of The Worshipful Company of Farmers after completing a successful year as the Junior Warden and Chairman of the Farmers & Fletchers Hall Board. He will continue to promote the agricultural industry within the City and support the Master, particularly with the Company’s education programmes.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Oliver Hauxwell BSc (Hons) and Hannah Rickards BSc (Hons) to the expanding Adkin team.
Oliver graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2008 with an Honours Degree in Agriculture and has spent the last six years working as an agronomist in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. He is both BASIS and FACTS qualified. He will be dealing with a wide range of professional matters and is working towards becoming both a Chartered Surveyor and a Fellow of the CAAV.
Hannah grew up locally before moving to Guernsey eleven years ago with her family. She has just completed her degree in Rural Land Management from the Royal Agricultural University and is working towards becoming a qualified Chartered Surveyor and a Fellow of the CAAV. Her hobbies include singing with the Wantage Choral Society and sailing and is a RYA Senior Instructor and teaches sailing.