Farm businesses receive direct payments based on the amount of agricultural land that they maintain. Farmers receive payments if they meet certain requirements, including crop diversification requirements. This articles discusses what direct payments are, in addition to the Government’s statutory instrument that would set aside the requirements to qualify for direct payments for 2020.

The National Risk Register provides an overview of the risks of major emergencies that could impact the UK in the next five years. This article details the risks contained in the register and the action taken by the Government to mitigate them. The register and how prepared the UK is for responding to emergencies is the subject of an oral question in the House of Lords on 4 June 2020.