Category Archives: budget

Tax Relief U-turn

I’m very pleased to say, the Government has actually reacted to pressure from the charity sector and has recently revealed that charitable donations will be exempt from the tax relief cap. The cap, which limited tax relief on charitable donations … Continue reading

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On starlings, leatherjackets and bird watching

There can be few better examples of the power of public wildlife surveys than the RSPB/BTO Big Garden Birdwatch. Results out today show that 600,000 people took part this January – we did – did you? I was really surprised … Continue reading

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Nuggets from #budget2012

After much trailing and spinning the Budget finally appeared yesterday. It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment (given this is a Grasslands Trust blog) on tax cuts for the rich, mansion taxes or granny taxes, so I won’t. Compared … Continue reading

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Red Tape Challenge – Environment Theme

Here we go with the first smallish announcement of the many to come this week from the Government on deregulation. This is the Red Tape Challenge, and Defra has just published the report with recommendations for simplifying regulations that are … Continue reading

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Growth Not Green Week

There seems little doubt that this week is going to be one of those where we see announcements that will have a major impact on the environment in England, and not for the good. Last week was climate week – … Continue reading

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