Government delivers ‘exactly nothing’ to farming in budget, says TFA boss

George Dunn, chief executive, Tenant Farmers Association

George Dunn, chief executive, Tenant Farmers Association - Credit: Archant

The government delivered “exactly nothing” for farming in the chancellor’s autumn statement, the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) says.

TFA chief executive George Dunn said the budget statement from chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond “demonstrates just how siloed the Government continues to be”. “Even before Philip Hammond stood up in the House of Commons to deliver his Budget speech on November 22, most commentators were predicting a ‘boring budget’ and sadly, they were not disappointed,” he said. “Granted, given the state of the public finances and the fragility of the Government’s majority it could be argued that the Chancellor had very little room for manoeuvre. However, to deliver exactly nothing to assist the farming industry to meet the Government’s own challenge of raising productivity was extraordinary.” The TFA’s proposals for tax reforms had been ignored, he said.