The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has expressed its disappointment that the Agriculture Bill is completely silent on the need for post-Brexit reform of the tenanted sector.
Farmers Guardian understands Ministers had still not made a decision on whether to include any changes to tenancy legislation in the Bill by the end of August.
The TFA was particularly upset about the failure to address the situation as Defra recalled the Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) in 2017 to advise Government on how the sector’s resilience and sustainability could be improved after Brexit.
Late last year, Farming Minister George Eustice pledged his support for the TRIG’s recommendations, but so far Defra officials have only promised a future consultation on possible changes.
Chief executive of the association George Dunn said: “The Agriculture Bill was the obvious place to include the recommendations for legislative change from the TRIG, fully discussed and debated by all the relevant stakeholder organisations and presented to Government last autumn.
“To ask for recommendations and then to do nothing with them is illogical. We must have Government amendments to the Agriculture Bill to plug this gap or a commitment to an early Agricultural Tenancies Bill.”