UK farmers are addicted to subsidy, says government adviser

Tax breaks for farmers have caused a “subsidy addiction” and are used to avoid inheritance tax, a government adviser has claimed.

The statement was made by economist Dieter Helm, chair of the Natural Capital Committee, which advises the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Professor Helm called for a review of the current taxation rules for farmers and said the agricultural sector received a disproportionate level of government support.

He said: “Farmers receive not just the £3bn of subsidy, they receive a whole range of other benefits that nobody else in the economy gets.”

(Source: The Guardian)

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