Farmers told they must pay closer attention to how workplace risk is managed or face serious penalties.
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) paid 93.4% of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claims during December, the best performance in the first month of the payment window since the scheme started in 2015.
Those convicted of an offence in England and Wales will face longer prison sentences, up to a maximum of 18 years, as well as compensation orders.
The euro exchange rate for calculating BPS 2018 payments has been set.
CXCS have noticed a sudden increase in the number of clients receiving RPA inspections on their countryside stewardship agreements.