29 March 2015 | Online since 2003



9 June 2014|Finance,News,Property News

'Farm tax' could mean an end to farming as we know it, says CLA


A £500m farm tax proposal by the Labour Party would mean the end of farming as we know it, according to the Country Land and Business Association President Henry Robinson.

The proposals would be introduced by scrapping the exemption on business rates that has applied to agricultural land since 1929.

The plan was contained in a report commissioned by Ed Miliband aimed at reviving struggling town centres.

“If this report turns out to be true, it would mean the end of British agriculture as we know it, the abandonment of much of the countryside, and less money to spend on the environment," Robinson said.

“It would especially hit small and tenanted farms who simply do not have the resources to meet this additional demand.

“Most farms are barely viable as it is; requiring them to pay business rates will tip most of them over the edge. Farmers will have to give up their businesses and it is unlikely there will be anyone willing to take them over.”

“This could result in a move to more industrial scale farming on a scale that would be completely unacceptable to the industry and to the British public.”

Download



Comments


09-06-2014 20:19 PM | Posted by: george proctor
we are a small 60 acre farm with sheep, stables and B+B and are fully diversified. We cannot even draw wages with all this work so rating would tip us over the edge. we both work all hours and could retire easily if we sold up...what future farming?

16-06-2014 10:25 AM | Posted by: cumbrian farmer
Why ask farmers to pay more to revive struggling town centres, most farmers earn less and work longer hours than city dwellers. Ask those who live in towns who have a lower cost of living to pay to enhance their own environment.

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


28 March 2015
Maintenance Technician
You’ll ensure both group and individual objectives are positively progressed in line with the Dairy Crest Maintenance Strateg...

18 March 2015
Agriculture Lawyer
An Agriculture Lawyer is required for the team dealing with agricultural property, estates, farms and rural property matters....

10 March 2015
HGV Highway Maintenance Operative
Our client a major highways maintenance contractor is looking for HGV Drivers with full CPC to join there team located in Blu...

20 March 2015
MIDDLE TICKET ASSET FINANCE SPECIALISTS X 2
The Assets financed will be broad and will include Construction, Plant and Machinery, Agriculture, as well as others with str...

19 March 2015
Research Fellow - Hydrology/Ecosystem Services in Mountain Environments 55151 . 
? Contribute to developing new techniques and methods for measurement/modelling of water resources used in agriculture in rem...




Top stories you may have missed
23 March 2015 | Cattle

UK butchers face difficulties to recruit...

Butchers in the UK are losing a generation through lack of training opportu...


20 March 2015 | Arable

Dust - the secret fertiliser?

NASA research has revealed how dust blown from the Sahara desert helps supp...


19 March 2015 | Arable

The Budget 2015: A Farmer's Budget?

“In the run up to the Budget 2015 most commentators were predicting that th...


17 March 2015 | News

UK's first floating solar power system l...

The UK’s first fully operational floating solar panel system has been unvei...


13 March 2015 | Animal Health

Labour and Conservatives clash over badg...

Axing the badger cull in England and Wales will save more than £120 million...


12 March 2015 | News

Solar could be cheapest energy source by...

By 2025, solar power could become one of the cheapest forms of energy in ma...


11 March 2015 | Finance

English buyers turn their attention to S...

Demand for Scottish farm land remains strong and continues to be better val...


9 March 2015 | Cattle

2020 vision for the Welsh red meat indus...

The Welsh red meat industry should aim to increase sales by at least 34 per...


6 March 2015 | News

MP raises egg industry concerns on trans...

Fears about the impact that a proposed transatlantic trade agreement could ...


Stay safe and legal when flying drones

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Aircraft Systems - or dron...