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Gove promises tenancy reform ‘in parallel’ to Agriculture Bill

Defra Secretary Michael Gove has promised the Government will deliver reforms to the tenanted sector ‘in parallel’ with the Agriculture Bill.

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Gove promises tenancy reform ‘in parallel’ to Agriculture Bill

Mr Gove made the remarks at a Countryside Alliance event at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this week.

 

In 2017, Defra recalled the Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) to advise Government on how the sector’s resilience and sustainability could be improved after Brexit.

 

The TRIG made a number of recommendations which won support from Farming Minister George Eustice, but they were not included in the Agriculture Bill, to the disappointment of the Tenant Farmers’ Association (TFA).


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Mr Gove said: “We are going to be saying more about how we can support tenant farmers in parallel with the Bill in the next few months.

 

“I have to say there have been some very good recommendations about how tenancy law might change, but there are also some other reforms we do want to introduce in parallel with the Agriculture Bill because we do recognise tenant farmers are critical to making sure we have an effective agriculture sector which is open to talent.”

 

TFA chief executive George Dunn was not reassured by the comments.

He told Farmers Guardian: “The Agriculture Bill is the obvious place to include the legislative changes recommended by the TRIG.

 

“Defra has had these recommendations for over a year now and should have had adequate time to consider them.

 

“We need Defra to commit either to bring forward Government amendments to the Agriculture Bill or provide a guaranteed assurance of an additional Bill which covers agricultural tenancies before summer recess in 2019.”

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