Farming News - Government insists it upholds manifesto commitment to maintain current budgets for UK farmers

Government insists it upholds manifesto commitment to maintain current budgets for UK farmers

27 Nov 2020
Frontdesk / Finance

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Following the Spending Review ths week , there has been much speculation reported on concerns over continued funding to protect and maintain the current budgets of our farmers.

The Governemnt insist there is a clear manifesto commitment to maintain the current annual budget for farmers across the United Kingdom in every year of this Parliament and this budget was confirmed for 2021/22 in the Spending Review.

The manifesto commitment is also greater than what was spent on average each year under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The Government has responded by saying that they are in regular contact with the Devolved Administrations over ensuring farmers across the UK receive a fair share of funding.

A UK Government spokesperson said:

"We have a manifesto commitment to maintain the current annual budget for farmers in every year of this Parliament. That is what we are doing.

"While the amount of remaining EU funding varies across the UK, we have adopted a consistent approach to ensure that no one loses out."

With the passing of the landmark Agriculture Bill, the government says it will be able to seize opportunities for UK farmers now that we have left the EU. They say that the Act champions the needs of all of UK farmers and gives the the country the powers to provide a much needed boost to the industry after years of inefficient and overly bureaucratic policy dictated to farmers by the EU.