We are still in negotiations and awaiting a formal pay offer.
The pay remit guidance has been published and and our main concern is that the department has been limited to between 1 and 2% increases. Anything above 1% would need to be found from existing departmental budgets.
On 25 June our national executive committee (NEC) formally declared a climate emergency on behalf of its members. This declaration is in accordance with the resolution (A312) passed at the annual delegate conference in May. This follows parliament declaring an environment and climate emergency on 1 May and other declarations by the Welsh Government, SNP, Labour Party, and a growing list of local authorities.
Natural England launched a Voluntary Exit (VE) scheme on19 June 2019, which received Cabinet Office approval last week.
The Rural Payments Agency has announced a recruitment campaign to reduce the dependency that the RPA has on temporary workers employed through the Brook Street employment agency.