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Hinterland – September 14, 2020

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This is the first RSN virtual conference this week. I hope to see many of you there. We’ve got six stories here about the growing residential interest in villages, free trade threats to farmers, doctors, nursing homes, and testing, and end in stile (if you forgive the pun!)

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Home sales in UK villages rise: post-foreclosure buyers move out of towns for homes in suburban areas

Here’s a key coronavirus boost to the city’s flight – according to this article …

The number of houses sold in the UK so far this year has almost caught up with the number of agreed sales for all of 2019 – despite the housing market shutting down during seven weeks of foreclosure.

While in recent years an increase in sales has been led by London buyers, most home buying hotspots for 2020 are in villages.

The figures of Rightmove are the latest indication of an urban exodus after the coronavirus lockdown, with people swapping apartments for homes and outdoor spaces in more rural areas as they envision a medium-term future with less or even no commuting.

The stamp duty holidays on houses up to £ 500,000, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in early July, have boosted buyers and sellers with tax savings of up to £ 15,000 available through the end of March next year.

While some villages have seen more agreed sales in the first nine months of this year compared to all of last year, no area of ​​London has achieved the same accolade.

The capital’s strongest market is in Upminster, in the borough of Havering, on the Essex-London border, where sales agreed so far this year are up 42% from the same period last year.

“The agreed trend on domestic sales is an important and early indicator of future deals closed and it is encouraging to see that while it continues to catch up, it has improved over the past few months,” said Miles Rightmove Shipside.

“National statistics are drawn from hundreds of local markets, with villages and towns scattered across the country benefiting the most from the boom in post-lockdown activity and shoppers moving in search of scenery. more serene.

https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/uk-home-sales-villages-surge-a140186.html


British farmers will be trampled in the race for free trade agreements

An interesting opinion piece from Poly Toynbee this article tells us:

As he lined up PMQs on Wednesday, Boris Johnson wore a woolen and wheat sheaf badge on his lapel. Behind him, many of his MPs also sported it, as did Keir Starmer and Labor MPs: it was the symbol of British support. Agriculture Day.

But in the Financial Times, the combative leader of the National Farmers Union, Minette Batters, called the Tories “immoral and hypocritical” for refusing to vote to give parliament – itself – the final say on any post-Brexit trade deal. If deals with the United States, Australia or anywhere else threaten to flood the market with substandard food produced using hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, and chemicals , with lower animal welfare standards, MEPs are expected to vote on it.

One million people signed the NFU petition calling on the government to ban all imports of foodstuffs of an inferior standard in terms of quality, well-being or the environment. It goes far beyond farmers, stimulating food and animal welfare activists.

Amendments are being proposed to the Farm Bill which will be presented to the Lords next week, but to date all such attempts have been rejected by the government. Donald trump listed “Full market access for US agricultural products in the UK” as a goal of any trade agreement. Liz Truss, Secretary of International Trade, gave verbal assurances that food standards will not drop, but this is not a “my word is my obligation” government.

On Thursday, Brexit draws dangerously close to a precipice without agreement. Commentators once sought method in the politically perverse actions of Boris Johnson’s cabal. Not anymore. Divine their political strategy is perplexing. Just brinkmanship, many hope – but others say their priority, above any sense of the good of the country, is the determination not to have enemies on the right. They are still afraid of Nigel Farage’s suspicious smile, as he waits to pounce on the Brexit betrayal.

Agriculture was part of the fundamental identity of the Conservative Party. But here’s a reminder of what no WTO deal and no trade will do for Britain’s much larger agriculture and food industry: 48% rate will be slapped on British lamb exported to the EU, along with 57% on cheddar, 37% on poultry and 84% on beef.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/10/boris-johnson-trade-deals-british-farmers-brexit


More than 1,000 British doctors want to leave NHS for dealing with pandemic

If this happens, given the already severe shortage of rural general practitioners, even though most of these will not be general practitioners, it does not bode well.

More than 1,000 doctors plan to quit NHS because they are disillusioned with the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and frustrated with their wages, a new investigation has revealed.

Doctors are either planning to move abroad, interrupt their careers, move to private hospitals, or quit to work as locums, amid growing concerns about mental health and stress levels in the hospital. profession.

“NHS doctors came out of this pandemic beaten, bruised and exhausted,” said Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, chairman of the Association of Physicians of the United Kingdom, who undertook the research. The large number of doctors who say they will leave the NHS within three years is “a shocking indictment of the government’s failure to assess our country’s doctors,” she added. “They are dedicated professionals who have put their lives on the line time and time again to keep NHS patients safe, and we could be on the verge of losing them.”

A total of 1,758 physicians across the UK responded when DAUK undertook an online survey of its members. He asked: “Did the pandemic and the government’s treatment of primary care physicians during the pandemic have an impact on your decision to stay or leave the NHS?” Almost seven in ten – 1,214 (69%) – said it made them more likely to leave the health service, while 26% said no.

When asked ‘where do you see yourself working in the next one to three years?’ Nearly two-thirds of doctors – 1,143 (65%) – said they would leave the NHS. The discovery sparked renewed concern about the understaffing of the NHS, as the service in England already has vacancies for 8,278 doctors, according to the most recent official figures.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/sep/05/more-than-1000-doctors-want-to-quit-nhs-over-handling-of-pandemic


Health center staff fear for residents as Covid-19 cases rise in UK

Many rural nursing homes are on the front lines – we have a large stock of such facilities and this article invites us to reflect. This explains:

Nursing home staff have expressed growing concern over an increase in hospitalizations and deaths among their most vulnerable residents, after documents released by the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) revealed an increase in number of coronavirus cases in England.

The UK is seeing a sharp increase in the number of positive cases, with 3,497 new cases reported on Saturday and an ‘R’ number – the average number of people infected by each person infected with Covid – above 1 for the first time since March . Data shows the R number for England could rise to 1.7, with virus prevalence doubling every 7-8 days.

While it’s his highest among young adults, experts warned that the virus could spread to more vulnerable populations – as is takes place in France. There are signs that Admission to hospital have already started to increase in the UK

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/13/fears-grow-for-care-homes-as-coronavirus-cases-rise-across-uk


Covid tests sent to Italy and Germany as British laboratories are overwhelmed

As the number of viruses begins to rise, I am concerned, given the strength of articles like this, how well we have the virus, and the effectiveness of the proposed tracking and traceability measures. Without them, I fear that vulnerable groups in hitherto untouched rural settlements will fall into the eye of the storm.

The government’s coronavirus testing program is treating a backlog of 185,000 swabs, with tests being sent to Italy and Germany because local laboratories are overwhelmed.

Not even a week after the government was forced to apologize for persistent delays in Covid testingThe Department of Health and Welfare insisted on Sunday that the capacity of the NHS testing and tracing system was the highest ever, but there was “significant” demand for testing.

This includes requesting from people “who are symptomless and ineligible,” DHSC said.

Leaked documents revealed the backlog of 185,000 people and the fact that the tests are being sent to German and Italian laboratories for processing, according to the Sunday Times.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/13/covid-tests-sent-to-italy-and-germany-as-uk-labs-are-overwhelmed


And finally

Creation of a photographic record in Gloucestershire

A man attempts to create a photographic record of every stone stud in Gloucestershire after he is ‘alarmed’ at how quickly they are disappearing.

Fabulous Stuff – I’m going to add rural buildings to my current rural mega-fauna theme based on this article, which tells us:

Peter Wilson of Inchbrook said every stile has a story attached to it.

“This is a register of old rights of way, or even a route to the nearest brewery,” he said.

Mr Wilson is working with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to create an online map of each floor.

Studs are structures built into the fences of animal enclosures that allow walkers to cross them safely.

Hikers are encouraged to submit photos of the amounts they encounter, with over 150 submissions to date.

“Some of them date back to the 13th century, but they appeared to be out of use around 1800 and very few have been built since then,” Wilson said.

“Stiles has always been part of our heritage and we should have a record of where they were.”

Many of these structures are now being replaced to meet the accessibility requirements of hikers.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-54111559


About the Author:

Hinterland was written for the Rural Services Network by Ivan Annibal, rural economy specialists Rose Regeneration.

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