For a number of years now the Scottish Government, the Scottish farming industry and the Scottish Parliament have all been calling for a re-think on how the UK Government allocated the extra CAP money the EU awarded us for the 2014-2020 period. After years of toing and froing between Holyrood and Westminster the UK Government appointed Lord Bew to chair an independent panel to provide advice on how this money should be allocated going forward –Scotland’s interests on the panel were well represented by Jim Walker.
In his latest Farm North East Article, Steven Thomson, Senior Agricultural Economist and Policy Advisor at SRUC, discusses in detail the aftermath of the UK government’s spending review, why the UK received convergence monies, what changed with Lord Bew’s panel, and what options Scotland has for spending the convergence uplift.
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This research was funded by part of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021, Theme 2, Work Package 2.4 Rural Industries.