In late 2021, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is introducing the Environmental Land Management scheme (ELM) to replace the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It will focus on improving the environment by paying farmers for certain environmental benefits, instead of offering payments based on the amount of land farmed. This means the ELM scheme will interact with the government’s wider environmental and climate change objectives.
An inquiry will build on the Committee’s growing programme of work on public spending and the environment. Over two evidence sessions, the Committee will question representatives of farming and conservation groups, and senior officials at Defra and the Rural Payments Agency on whether the ELM is being well designed and managed to meet its objectives.
Read more here. Submit evidence to the inquiry by 13 October 2021.