The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched its comprehensive consultation on reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy.
This follows months of negotiation at an EU level about the new format of the CAP in the UK. A primary measure that DEFRA is seeking views on is the transferring of funding from Pillar 1 (for direct payments to farmer) to Pillar 2, the funding mechanism that supports rural development – including landscape schemes and heritage concerns.
The Heritage Alliance, through its Rural Heritage Advocacy Group, has contributed frequently through DEFRA’s working and advisory groups and has spoken up to ensure that heritage interests and schemes are given fair representation in the new framework.
The consultation closes on 28 November, as a final submission of proposed changes must be made to the EU by 31 December. To respond, please click here or follow the link in ‘Have Your Say’ below. The Heritage Alliance strongly recommends that any organisations with a rural presence take the time to respond, as the reformed CAP will affect many aspects of working and living in the countryside for many years to come.