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Sporting Rates

| Campaigns, Latest News

Following the reintroduction of non-domestic rates on shooting rights and deer forests in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, over 12,000 entries on the valuation role have now been made. Following communication with the Scottish Government and meetings with the Sporting Rates Advisor’s Forum an update on the progress is necessary. Simply put there is…

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Welsh Labour shoots itself in foot

| Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Unsurprisingly, if regrettably, the Natural Resources Wales (NRW) board this week bowed to the pressure from its political masters in the Labour Government in Cardiff and agreed to implement a ban on game shooting. I wrote in the summer about the extraordinary intervention of the Welsh Minister for…

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New licensing laws for animal activities in England

| Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Uncategorised

From 1 October this year new laws will apply to five activities involving animals in England: Selling animals as pets; Providing for or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs; Hiring out horses; Dog breeding; and Keeping or training animals for exhibition The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations…

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Labour Minister’s pressure sees £40,000 review ignored in Wales

| Campaigns, Countryside Alliance Wales, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting

Today (Thursday 20 September) the board of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) voted to end the leasing of pheasant shooting on the Welsh Government estate, following pressure from the Labour Government. The decision was taken despite NRW having spent over £40,000 on a review into the issue that recommended that pheasant shooting be allowed to continue,…

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Countryside Alliance raises rural issues with Lib Dem spokespeople

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News

The Countryside Alliance held meetings with the Liberal Democrat spokespeople for the environment, food and rural affairs, Tim Farron MP and Baroness Bakewell, at the party’s annual conference in Brighton on 17 September. The Alliance’s policy and political team discussed a range of rural issues with the Lib Dem politicians, including rural broadband, moorland management,…

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National Trust Council election candidates 2018

| Campaigns, Hunting

We have had a significant number of enquiries from Countryside Alliance members who are also members of the National Trust, about the forthcoming Council Elections. National Trust Members are currently being sent their voting papers prior to the AGM at 10.30am on Saturday 20th October 2018 at STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway,…

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The future of farming and the countryside

| Food and Farming, Latest News

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Farming is both the single most important influence on the communities, economy and landscape of rural Britain, and the industry which faces the most uncertainty in the Brexit process. That is why the Agriculture Bill, published on Wednesday, is not just another piece of legislation. Since 1973, when…

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Countryside Alliance statement on the Agricultural Bill

| Latest News, Press Release

Following the publication of the Agriculture Bill today, the Countryside Alliance has issued the following statement: “The publication of this Bill is an historic moment for British agriculture and the countryside in general. The Government has promised the rural community that leaving the EU will be an opportunity to develop a better agricultural policy and…

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Countryside Alliance tells House of Lords Rural Economy Committee to focus on digital connectivity

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Press Release

Research shows 70% of Countryside Alliance members and supporters state that digital infrastructure/connectivity is the key to unlocking the potential of the rural economy. The research comes as part of the Countryside Alliances submission of evidence to the House of Lords inquiry into the rural economy. The special House of Lords Select Committee is examining…

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