Thursday, July 05, 2018

Scotland to cap basic payments

Defra has moved away from capping Basic Payments to farmers as they are phased out. However, in its consultation paper on post Brexit policy, the Scottish Government suggests capping payments at £25,000 a farm. This would affect 5,000 farm businesses and raise £140m. An alternative option would see payments capped at £200,000, affecting just 50 farm businesses and raising only £4m.

Money raised would be used to support new entrants to farming and smaller businesses, although there is scant detail on how this would be achieved.

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