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Maintain funding for farm support

Last updated: 03:04pm 22 November 2019

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.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.25

Our verdict

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.

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