The Powys Liberal Democrats have criticized the UK Conservative Government for slashing Welsh agriculture funding by 28% in the November Spending Review.
In the spending review, presented by Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday, the UK Government announced funding for Welsh agriculture would total £242million for the next year.
This is in contrast to the £337million of EU funding currently given to Wales, a drop of £95million – roughly 28%. This goes against the Conservative’s explicit manifesto pledge to protect the money currently received by farmers.
The announcement has been strongly criticised by the Farmers Union of Wales and reflects concerns from farmers across Wales that the future of their funding is at risk.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are now calling on Powys’ Conservative MPs, Fay Jones and Craig Williams, to speak out against the move and vote against the spending review if the decision is not reversed.
Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“Farmers across Wales will rightly feel let down by the announcement made in the spending review yesterday. Apparently doing ‘whatever it takes’ does not extend to supporting our farmers.
“This Conservative Government was elected on an explicit promise to protect the future of farming funding - now we see that promise was hollow. These savage cuts will decimate farms, big and small, if they are not reversed.
“Now it is time for our MPs to find their backbone and take a stand for our farmers. Will they stand by their manifesto commitment, or will they continue to loyally toe the party line and attempt to spin their way out of this situation?
“The Liberal Democrats will oppose their move and continue to fight to protect the funding our farmers rely upon."