Maintain funding for farm support
Last updated: 03:04pm 22 November 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.25
We want to provide stability to farmers as we leave the EU and set up new frameworks for supporting food production and stewardship of the countryside. So we will continue to commit the same cash total in funds for farm support until the end of the parliament.
In 2018, UK farmers received £3.5 billion in financial support through the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). If the UK leaves the EU, that CAP funding will cease. This policy is a promise to maintain the same level of funding support for farms until the end of the parliament, no ifs or buts.
This pledge was based on the assumption that the UK would leave the EU before the end of the government’s term of office. While we now know that it did not happen, the government had made plans to commit the same level of farming funding until 2021. When Parliament was dissolved ahead of the December 2019 election, UK farmers were still receiving subsidy payments under the CAP, so this policy is ‘done’ by default.
Want to know more?
- Farm payments if there’s a no-deal Brexit – Gov.uk
- Funding from EU programmes guaranteed until the end of 2020 – Gov.uk
- The future for food, farming and the environment – Gov.uk
- Brexit: EU subsidy loss ‘could wipe out farms’ – BBC News
- Common Agricultural Policy – Institute for Government
- Farm payments in a no-deal Brexit – Parliament.uk
- Early review of the new farming programme – Nao.org.uk
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