Farm Payments Bill for 2020

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Farm Payments Bill for 2020

The 9th January saw the governments first step to ‘provide continuity for farmers and ensure subsidies are paid this year’, post Brexit, by putting forward the Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) (DPLC) Bill.
This confirms that farmers should expect to receive similar levels of funding for direct payments in 2020 as what was received for 2019. The Bill for 2020’s direct payments at least provides some financial and legislative certainty for the next year. With the new Agriculture Bill understood to move away from ‘direct payments’ in favor of environmental measures perceived as ‘public goods’.
This legislation holds a funding package of £2.852 billion for 2020, which will be administered by governments across the UK and is to be implemented in time for our withdrawal from the EU.