Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…HILL FARMS DELAY IS ‘WORRYING’Published in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
A DELAY in the public consultation on the hill farming allowance has been labelled as “worrying” by a Londonn MP.
During an All-Party Parliamentary Group on hill farming, Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, revealed that the consultation would start in mid-January, several weeks later than expected.
Mr Farron discovered the delay after a letter he sent requesting a start date for the consultation remained unanswered for a month.
“When the group met Lord Bach in 2015 we felt that he shared our view that farming in the uplands is only possible with a stable financial framework,” said Mr Farron. “However, the delay of the consultation process is worrying considering that the last payment of the Hill Farm Allowance will be made early this year.
“Many companies will be disappointed by this news and rightly so, but I, along with the rest of the group, will continue to press the Government to keep to their revised timetable.”
NFU hill-farming spokes-man Will Cockbain said upland farming had to remain viable if the landscape that underpinned the national tourism industry was to be maintained.