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  1. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    Yes we do have contractors working in our team alongside permanent staff, like all government departments and many other organisations - can you tell me, what's the concern that's driving your questions, I'm happy to help if I can once I understand where you're coming from (to be absolutely...
  2. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    I think that's an appendix listing relevant previous government strategies, not the full list of evidence relating to the environment plan or our new schemes - we're basing scheme design on a range of evidence about what works and based on engagement, trials and piloting with farmers. We're...
  3. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    We have to demonstrate value for money in all our spend, we are audited internally and externally and required to demonstrate that we've achieved value for money. (We don't currently have a budget for consultancy associated with the scheme, we're designing it in-house in Defra in partnership...
  4. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    We're designing the scheme in-house within Defra, in partnership with farmers and other experts; there's likely to be some external consultancy involved evaluating the scheme once it's live, we haven't set the budget for that yet, we will do that as we design and roll out the scheme
  5. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    Can you clarify what you mean? Do you mean developing / designing the scheme? Or how consultants will be involved on farms / giving advice etc when the scheme is live?
  6. Janet Hughes Defra

    The Relationship between SFI and CSS ?

    You can be in CS and SFI pilot on your farm (and many are), just not on the same parcel of land. For the main scheme, you will be able to be in both CS and SFI on the same parcel of land so long as the actions are compatible and we're not paying you for the same thing twice.
  7. Janet Hughes Defra

    The Relationship between SFI and CSS ?

    There will be some restrictions at first, yes, because a lot of CS agreements are still on EU terms (as part of the gradual transition as agreed under the Withdrawal Agreement) which include some constraints. Once we have all CS agreements on domestic terms, we can offer more flexibility and...
  8. Janet Hughes Defra

    The Relationship between SFI and CSS ?

    Yes I agree, we must provide a workable system - that's what we're working on and as you say the feedback on here is very helpful, along with all of our codesign and engagement activities, in helping us understand what that needs to look like
  9. Janet Hughes Defra

    The Relationship between SFI and CSS ?

    Yes, that's right - we'll stop taking new applications for CS in 2023 to start in 2024, and then provide a way for everyone in CS to transfer across to the new schemes after that
  10. Janet Hughes Defra

    The Relationship between SFI and CSS ?

    Yes, you can in the main scheme we're rolling out this year, we just weren't able to allow it in the pilot
  11. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    Thanks, I'll pass this on to the team
  12. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    I was referring to the 25 Year Environment Plan which includes supporting evidence and sets out detailed analysis and targets around biodiversity, water quality, air quality and water management (amongst other things): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/25-year-environment-plan
  13. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    I was referring to published evidence such as the 25 Year Environment Plan and supporting evidence, which are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/25-year-environment-plan and to be clear, I'm not seeking to blame anyone or be anti farming at all - all the reforms we're...
  14. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    This is the sort of thing the Nature Recovery scheme is intended to help with - locally targeted actions, and support for local collaboration so that people in an area can work together (as many already do) to create joined up habitats and water management
  15. Janet Hughes Defra

    The Relationship between SFI and CSS ?

    This complexity arises from the approach we're taking of gradually rolling out the new schemes, alongside the existing ones, before then turning the existing schemes off and allowing people to transfer across. (The alternative is a big bang approach where we switch everyone across from existing...
  16. Janet Hughes Defra

    New mid tier agreement?

    Thanks for tagging me in - best thing to do is contact RPA directly about individual agreements; I know my RPA colleagues are working hard to get them all out asap
  17. Janet Hughes Defra

    Fertiliser Price Tracker

    Thanks I hadn't seen that
  18. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    I'm sorry it's bugging you - to answer your question, the reason we've called it landscape recovery is because it's about habitat, river and wildlife restoration and recovery, relative to what we've seen in terms of well documented declines in habitats, water quality and species. And the same...
  19. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    I agree this is a complex and important set of issues - there are colleagues of mine in Defra working on these questions as part of Defra's work on carbon markets, including looking at how to verify emissions reductions and verify that they're permanent / long term. Also on on biodiversity net gain.
  20. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    We published some information about the applicants here, yes: https://defrafarming.blog.gov.uk/2021/10/15/update-on-the-sustainable-farming-incentive-pilot/ - we'll update this once we've finished working though all the applications with the applicants, which we have almost now done but not...
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