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Economic Evaluation of the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 - ER02039

The tenanted proportion of agricultural land declined from around 90% at the start of the twentieth century to about 33% in the early 1990s. A major reason for this decline was the security of tenure granted to tenants under post War holdings legislation. The reduced opportunities for farmers to develop their businesses by renting additional land made it more difficult for new entrants (who might offer new ideas and more acute business planning) to gain a foothold in the industry. The Agricultural Tenancies Act (1995) seeks to address the problems of the long term decline in tenanted farmland by providing for a new category of letting in England and Wales: Farm Business Tenancies (FBTs). The Act gives parties greater freedom than in the past to negotiate agreements, which suit their own particular, needs and circumstances, and provides increased scope for diversification within a single tenancy agreement.

The evaluation will assess, on the basis of evidence collected for both England and Wales, the extent to which the Act has succeeded in the period since 1995 in meeting its objectives.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Economic Evaluation of the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995   (535k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2002

Cost: £36,550
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Plymouth
Agricultural Tenancies Act              
Economic Policy Evaluation              
Rural Issues