£200 million boost for rural England

Grants expected to generate more than 6,000 new jobs overall and support growth of rural businesses and broadband projects. Funding for rural businesses that will generate thousands of jobs and provide new support to expand and improve their premises has been announced as part of a £200million grant offer. Announcing the latest round of Rural Development Programme funding, … Read more

Which? exposes fraud hotspots across England and Wales

The capitals of dating fraud, computer repair scams and a host of other frauds are revealed today in exclusive analysis by the consumer champion Which?. It comes as Which?’s analysis reveals that reported fraud in the UK has risen by more than 10% in one year (2015-16), with 264,204 frauds reported in 2016. Under the Freedom of … Read more

Natural England backs hedges and boundaries for wildlife and people

We are inviting applications for the Countryside Stewardship hedgerows and boundaries grant which opens on 1 February 2017. The hedgerows and boundaries grant, individually worth up to £5,000, is designed to help farmers and other land managers improve important farmland boundaries. The application window for the £5 million scheme closes on 28 April. Farmers can apply … Read more

Housing in England: overview

The National Audit Office has today published an overview of the housing market in England, the Department for Communities and Local Government’s housing strategy and the overall housing policy landscape. The need for housing in England has in recent years grown faster than its supply. Total estimated government spending on housing in England was approximately … Read more

New farmers and new small farms can kick-start agricultural revolution

Brexit vote offers chance for farming to become more diverse and environmentally resilient, say countryside campaigners A new report released today by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) argues that farming in England needs to become more diverse to prove environmentally resilient and publicly accessible over the coming years. The New model farming paper argues that a … Read more

Zombie knives banned in England and Wales

A ban on the sale, importation and manufacture of zombie knives comes into effect across England and Wales this week (Thursday 18 August). The amendment to the Criminal Justice Act 1988 will ban the sale, manufacture, rental or importation of knives often referred to as ‘zombie knives’, ‘zombie killer knives’ and ‘zombie slayer knives’. The knives can … Read more