BBC Northern Ireland are headlining this story:
Northern Ireland’s rural communities could be more than £30m worse off if a funding row with Westminster is not resolved. It could affect a range of projects that create jobs, improve the environment and help with social cohesion. It relates to budget commitments made by Treasury to the authorities in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. They have now been told the money promised may be reduced.
The cuts to Scotland’s rural communities will be greater so surely?
The news seems remarkably difficult to find. I got it in the industry online newsletter agriland:
NFU Scotland President Andrew McCornick said:
“NFU Scotland has always been crystal clear that in the post-Brexit era, Scottish farmers and crofters must have access to the same quantum of funding as they had under the CAP.
Conservative manifesto pledges in 2017 and 2019 recognised that the sector should not be disadvantaged financially by Brexit. We call on the UK government to ensure that this week’s financial spending review honours that commitment.
“A shortfall of the order of £170 million for Scotland, as indicated in the joint letter from Devolved Administrations to Secretary of State George Eustice, is wholly unacceptable and will significantly disadvantage farmers and crofters as we enter a potentially chaotic and turbulent post-transition period.