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Farm charity hands out aid worth £1.87 million to struggling farmers

Farm charity the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) handed out grants of £1.87 million to farmers facing financial hardship during 2015.
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Widespread flooding has compounded the cashflow crisis
Widespread flooding has compounded the cashflow crisis

As farm incomes continue to plummet, charities have come under greater strain in recent months, with many seeing a large increase in calls.

 

See also: Defra figures show steep drop in farm incomes

 

A combination of low commodity prices, harsh weather conditions and delays to Basic Payments have pushed many farm businesses to the brink.

 

Since December 2015, RABI has given out emergency grants of £58,000 to flood victims in Cumbria, Lancashire and Durham.

 

RABI CEO Paul Burrows said as cashflows were squeezed even further, farmers should not be afraid to ask for help.

 

He said: “We receive tremendous support from the farming community and fundraising events are held throughout England and Wales by our county committees of volunteers.

 

"Our message is simple -if you or someone you know works or has worked in farming and is in need of help, call our freephone helpline.

 

"Your call will be handled with discretion. Just ask, we do much more than you think.”

 

As well as helping working farmers, farmworkers and their families who rely on farming for their main source of income the charity also helps retired farmers and their dependants.

 

It also helped farming people to claim more than £390k in state benefits and tax credits.

 

Do you need help? Call RABI on 0808 281 9490.


RABI also paid out the following in 2015:

  • £156k to working farmers, to help them cope with such things as illness, flooding and animal disease.
  • £221,885 towards clearing domestic bills.
  • £122,039 for disability equipment and adaptations.
  • £48,366 for home repairs and improvements.
  • £263,204 to 200 individuals and families in Wales.

 


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