Free Legislation Updates March 2021

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01 April 2021

Capital Allowances Act 2001 (Car Emissions) (Extension of First-year Allowances) (Amendment) Order 2021

This order extends the enhanced first-year capital allowance rate for cars with low carbon dioxide emissions until 31 March 2025.

The enhanced first-year capital allowance permits the full cost of car purchases to be deducted from profits before tax. To qualify for this alllowance, cars purchased on or after 1 April 2021 must have emissions of 0 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre driven.

01 April 2021

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Auctioning Regulations 2021

These regulations support the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS). An auction platform for UK ETS emissions allowances will be established.

The first auction is expected in the second quarter of 2021.

30 April 2021

Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) (Amendment) Order 2021

This order increases the single use carrier bag charge to 10p.  The charge will also be extended to bags supplied by all sellers of goods, rather than just large enterprises.

11 February 2021

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Act 2021

This Act grants deemed planning permission for the development of High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 2a between a junction of HS2 Phase 1 (near Fradley Wood in Staffordshire) and a junction of the West Coast Main Line near Crewe.

The Act also provides rights to compulsory acquire land and associated access rights for the project.

29 January 2021

UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021

This Act will apply a variety of Brexit-related powers in Scotland. The Act enables the application of five ‘guiding environmental principles’, which must be applied with a view to protecting and improving the environment and contributing to sustainable development.

The Act also enables the Scottish Ministers to align Scottish legislation with EU law after 1 January 2021

01 April 2021

Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021

These regulations supersede the existing nitrate pollution prevention regime in Wales.

Organic manure, silage, slurry and nitrogen fertiliser will need to be stored and applied in accordance with this legislation


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