Waterford TD says supports are needed to help single farmers
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Older People and Waterford TD Mary Butler has given a cautious welcome to the proposals to amend the Fair Deal Scheme to put farm families on the same basis as other applicants.
“The proposals coming from Government are welcome, and Fianna Fáil has been calling for common sense changes to the Fair Deal Scheme to treat farmers and farm families more fairly for some time," she said.
“The three year cap is only right and proper, and I look forward to it being enacted as quickly as possible."
“This was announced last October as part of the Budget 2018 statement so it is disappointing that it has taken nine months for the proposal to move to this stage," she added.
However, the Waterford TD highlighted one group that needs protections, calling on more measures to support single farmers.
"I am uncomfortable with the requirement that in order to receive the three year cap, an applicant must have their farm farmed by a close relative."
"In most circumstances, this will not be an issue. However, for single farmers and for farmers without close relatives able or willing to farm the land on their behalf, they will not benefit from the cap," Butler added.
“Fianna Fáil will be seeking to made amendments to the Minister’s proposals when the bill comes before the Oireachtas in the autumn,” she concluded.
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