“This Council notes:
- The Welsh Government’s Brexit and Our Land White Paper and subsequent consultation
- The proposals within the paper to scrap Basic Payments for farmers
- That basic payments make up some 80% of livestock farmers income
- That agriculture industry continues to be a substantial employer, both directly and indirectly, in Denbighshire
- That the Welsh Government’s proposals could lead to other landowners (e.g. third sector organisations, forestry companies, extremely wealthy individuals or organisations) being able to access the limited amount of public funds currently available to farmers
- Previous Government proposals regarding farm payments have been accompanied by detailed and thorough economic impact assessments.
This Council expresses concern that the Brexit and Our Land White Paper provides no modelling or assessments of how the proposed changes will impact on neither the local or the national economy.
This Council is concerned that the proposed changes could have a negative impact on the economy of Denbighshire.
This Council believes that no changes to farm payments should be introduced until thorough and detailed impact assessments are provided on the potential economic impact of their proposals.
This Council calls on the Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Economy to make representations in response to the Consultation opposing the proposals until the Welsh Government produce a comprehensive and detailed assessment of the potential impact to jobs and the economy in Denbighshire.