Under the Common Agricultural Policy, The UK receives £190 million per annum to support struggling farmers. However, it is only the Scottish hill farmers average rate of income which brings the UK figure low enough to justify the payment.
So, what happens to the money? Agricultural policy is devolved so It goes to the struggling Scottish hill farmers, yes? No, the money is split between England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland even though only Scotland qualifies for it. Scotland gets only £30 million.
Scottish rural affairs secretary Fergus Ewing said: ‘
‘Farmers doing the same job in different parts of the UK do not presently receive comparable levels of payments for their hard work. This money rightly belongs to Scottish farmers and should be returned to them immediately.’
Each Scottish hill farmer is losing about £14 000 every year.