Monday, 28 March 2011

England: Defra Uplands Policy Review

The key issues from this review can be summarised:

  • A guarantee that 100% of hill farmers eligible to enter Uplands Entry Level Stewardship (UELS) - worth up to £6m
  • Creation of an “Uplands Theme” to provide targeted support to upland areas
  • A commitment to reduce the burden of unnecessary red tape
  • A new Rural Community Broadband Fund - worth up to £20m
  • consultation on whether the legislation for National Parks needs to better reflect their role in facilitating sustainable development
All good stuff but does it go far enough and will it make a difference to hill farm businesses?

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