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Watchdog's warning over roll-out of farm subsidy replacements

5 10 17

Core parts of the environmental payment scheme due to replace EU farm subsidies after Brexit are still not in place, warned the government's spending watchdog.

Failure to launch the new "environmental land management" (ELM) scheme on time could reduce participation and hit efforts to help nature and the climate, said the National Audit Office (NAO).

The three-tier programme will pay farmers to improve the environment on their land through the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), as well as funding larger Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

The scheme, the biggest change in farm policy for a generation, is set to replace land-based EU subsidies being phased out from this........

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