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S5W-07861: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has allocated for each of the next three years for the Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (a) New Capital Grant Scheme, (b) New Entrants Start-Up Grant Scheme and (c) Young Farmers Start-Up Grant Scheme.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 16 March 2017

The SRDP 2014-20 assumes £20M of support for Young Farmers and New Entrants across the programme life. This includes an indicative budget for the New Entrant Capital Scheme of £12M and £8m of support for start-ups. Of the latter £2m is aimed at new entrants of smaller units (with no age restriction) and £6m to young farmers (no more than 40 years old as governed by EC regulation).

SRDP funding is subject to the outcomes of spending reviews and decisions taken by the UK Government including any loss of EU funding post Brexit.