Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed the UK Government will bring a further £51million, recommended by the Bew report, into Scottish agriculture over two years, on top of the £160million convergence funding announcement made in the chancellor’s spending review last Wednesday.
The terms of the Bew review were to ensure funding for domestic farm support is fairly allocated across the UK between 2020 and 2022. Agreement to the review followed a six-year campaign by NFUS for the convergence funding 'injustice' to be addressed.
Given the uncertainties around Brexit, and the future of the current government, time will tell whether these promises will be brought to fruition and cushion the blow of Brexit.
“Taken together, the two announcements will inject £211 million into Scottish agriculture over the next two years. At a time of uncertainty, that represents the largest funding uplift for the sector in recent memory."