Harvester harevesting crops

Agriculture Bill passes through House of Lords

The Agriculture Bill, first proposed in January, has passed its final stage in the House of Lords today (Oct 02).

The Bill will mean that the Common Agriculture Policy will be replaced with a system that instead pays farmers for farming efficiently and improving the environment that they farm in.

The Government believes that by rewarding farmers with public funds for providing public services, farmers will be more likely to take into consideration their environmental impact when doing their job.

The Government is confident that the Bill will receive Royal Assent by 2021, in time to begin a new way of farming after the transitionary period.

Speaking in the House, Lord Gardiner said:

“My Lords, we have come to this final stage of—I think we would say—lengthy deliberations on a Bill which will have a lasting impact on farming and the rural economy. It has been my privilege, coming from a farming background, to have responsibility for the Bill.”

“I am clear that our consideration of the Bill has been full and detailed….We all seek a vibrant future for British farmers and the production of food of high quality and to a high standard. Farmers are also custodians of the countryside and our landscapes, and I believe the Bill provides a framework for these two imperatives: food production and an enhanced environment.

PSE Dec/Jan 20-21

PSE Dec.Jan 20

Public services committee: Learning from Covid

Click here to read the Dec/Jan issue of our PSE magazine which looks at the lessons we can learn from Covid, what can be done better but maybe even more importantly, what we discovered during the pandemic that should be carried on even when Coronavirus is defeated. Read our interview with Chair of the Public Services Committee, Baroness Hilary Armstrong as well as invaluable insight from Bristol’s Smart City and Innovation Manager, Freyja Lockwood, on how their smart city plans are revolutionising Bristol.

Videos...

View all videos
Cyber Security

Win a £100 Amazon Voucher

Is the Public Sector safe against a cyber-attack?

Have you got 2 minutes to talk to us about cyber security?

PSE has teamed up with Checkpoint, leaders in cyber-security solutions to assess the state of cyber-security in the public sector. 

We want to educate the sector and equip you with the best protection.

Magazine Feature

Keep communities at the heart of planning

Chris Borg, NALC policy manager

Chris Borg discusses the Planning for the Future white paper and explains the importance of residents and local councils having a say when it comes to planning

More articles...

View all