Legislation

7th September 2017

SI 2017/876

The Facilitation of Tax Evasion Offences (Guidance About Prevention) Regulations 2017.  Comes into force 30th September. These Regulations bring into operation guidance prepared by the Chancellor of the Exchequer relating to the procedures that relevant bodies can put in place to prevent persons acting in the capacity of an “associated person” from committing UK tax evasion facilitation offences or foreign tax evasion facilitation offences.

31st August 2017

SI 2017/857

The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2017. Coming into force 20th September. These Regulations amend: • The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/2860). • The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/928).

They make a number of changes to the SI 2011/2860 including: aligning biomass tariffs; amendments to biomass tariff tiering; and changes to the total expenditure, technology-specific expenditure and related figures for assessment dates from 31st October 2017.

They also make a number of changes to SI 2014/928 including: limits on the maximum amount of heat that is eligible for support; increasing the tariffs for all technologies except solar thermal; changes to the technology-specific expenditure and related figures for assessment dates from 31st October 2017.

25th August 2017

SI 2017/855.

The Petroleum and Offshore Gas Storage and Unloading Licensing (Amendment) Regulations 2017. Coming into force 15th September. These Regulations amend:

These Regulations amend:

the Petroleum Licensing (Production) (Seaward Areas) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/225) the Offshore Gas Storage and Unloading (Licensing) Regulations 2009 (S. 2009/2813); the Petroleum Licensing (Exploration and Production) (Landward Areas) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/1686); and the Petroleum Licensing (Applications) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/766).

The model clauses in SI 2008/225 shall apply to all seaward area production licences granted on or after 15th September 2017. Amongst other changes, the amendments: a) provide for the Initial Term of a licence to be divided into phases and for termination at the end of a phase when the criteria set out in the new model clause 4(1) to (3) have not been met; b) provide for termination on the expiry of any other deadline in the Work Programme for the Initial Term when the action required to be taken by that deadline has not been taken (new model clause 4(4)); c) provide for amendments to the Work Programme for the Initial Term to be agreed by way of notice from the Licensee and subsequent direction from the OGA, rather than by Deed of Variation (new model clause 4A); and d) provide for extension of the phases of the licence (new model clause 7). These are also to be agreed by way of notice from the Licensee and subsequent direction from the OGA, rather than by Deed of Variation.