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Environmental Land Management Scheme


The UK was part of the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) framework for financial support to farmers and rural development funding for more than 40 years before Brexit. In 2019-20 farmers in England received over £1.8 billion in direct payment subsidies, based mainly on the amount of land farmed.

In late 2021, Defra is introducing the Environmental Land Management scheme (ELM) to replace 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 government’s achieving wider environmental and climate change objectives.  

This inquiry builds 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.

If you have evidence on these questions please submit it here by 6pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 13 October 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Oral evidence transcripts

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21 October 2021
Inquiry Environmental Land Management Scheme
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Oral Evidence
EMS0001 - Environmental Land Management Scheme
Witnesses Auvikki de Boon (PhD student at University of Reading), Dr. David Rose (Elizabeth Creak Associate Professor of Agricultural Innovation and Extension at University of Reading), and Prof. Camilla Sandström (Professor in Political Science at Umeå University, Sweden)
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence
EMS0002 - Environmental Land Management Scheme
Witnesses Ian Davis, Sam Awdry, Tom Chapman, Angus Dalton, Anthony Ellis, Rob Garrett, Dave Knight, Steve North, Daniel Powell, and Karl Starkie
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence
EMS0003 - Environmental Land Management Scheme
Witnesses Green Alliance
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence

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