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Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG)

The Tenancy Reform Industry Group was set up in October 2002 to consider the economic evaluation of the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 by the University of Plymouth and the tenancy related recommendations of the Policy Commission on Food and Farming. Its remit was:

  • To establish an industry consensus or propose options for tenancy reform which could be recommended to Government.
  • Make the case for the removal of fiscal disincentives/the introduction of fiscal incentives, which are broadly revenue neutral, indicating why this is in the public interest.

The final TRIG report was published in June 2003 and subsequent Defra publications have followed which include:

  • The Government response to the Report of the Tenancy Reform Industry Group
  • Code of good practice for agri-environment schemes and diversification projects within agricultural tenancies (copies available from NFYFC)
  • Notes to aid tenants and landlords on CAP Reform
  • The Regulatory Reform (Agricultural Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2006

Note: Click here for further information and advice from TRIG

TRIG comprises representatives from the major agricultural industry bodies including the NFU, CLA, Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). TRIG topics include: County Farm Estates, tax, arbitration provisions and maintenance and repair obligations.

NFYFC was invited to be part of the Tenancy Reform Industry Group and was represented from 2002-2004 by NFYFC national chairman Neil Cameron, and from 2004 to 2009 by Charlotte Balaam, an Essex YFC member. Nottinghamshire YFC member and land agent Louise Elliott is the current representative.

The Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG), comprises many key organisations including NFYFC, has met twice in the first half of this year in order to progress a number of matters that are on the group’s agenda. View the latest report from TRIG representative Louise Elliott.

Please send tenancy related issues, opinions or concerns to Louise via NFYFC by emailing NFYFC agriculture & rural affairs officer Sarah Palmer – sarah.palmer@nfyfc.org.uk

YFC members can obtain more information about the Uplands Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) on the Defra website

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