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Agriculture Bill 2018 and financial impact of BPS removal

The long awaited Agriculture Bill was published on 11th September. It runs to some 57 pages, along with explanatory notes of about the same length and a press release summarising the provisions.

Further documents were issued the next day, detailing the financial impact of withdrawing direct payments, along with a summary of the responses to the “Health and Harmony” consultation issued in February.

The Bill is essentially a piece of enabling legislation, setting out broad powers for the Secretary of State to amend or introduce more detailed legislation by statutory instrument. It therefore contains relatively little detail on new legislation. However, viewed in the context of previous discussion documents and policy statements, many of which are clearly referenced in the Bill, it is possible to see quite distinctly where the legislation is heading.