The EU allocates funding to the UK through a number of programmes that are agreed by the Member States. This chapter of the CLA's Leave or Remain: The Decisions Politicians must make to support the Rural Economy explains the Common Agricultural Policy, how the money is allocated and the types of businesses or organisations that benefit.
Why Support Matters - Economy
In 2013 the EU allocated £3.87bn of support for the rural economy in the UK which was 61% of the total budget allocation to the UK. Research conducted for the CLA by respected economic consultancy Europe Economics estimates this support resulted in a £10bn contribution to the UK economy, including more than 350,000 jobs and £3.5 billion in taxation revenue to the Treasury. This research provides an estimate of the direct, indirect and induced benefits commonly applied when measuring whole economy impacts of economic activity.
Why Support Matters - Environmental and Social Issues
The current support system provided to the rural economy allows landowners and farmers to provide many of the environmental and social benefits that the wider public value, support and expect from the countryside. This chapter of the CLA's Leave or Remain: The Decisions that Politicians must make to support the Rural Economy offers examples of environmental and social benefits currently supported from funds originating from the support given to UK landowners and farmers. However, providing these benefits comes at a cost to farmers in time, money and business efficiency. The CLA will continue to make the case for farmers and landowners to have the reassurance that the sustainable investment required to secure these environmental and social benefits for the long term will continue.