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Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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2016 data shows that total income from farming (TIFF) fell by 8% in real terms year-on-year to £3.6 billion. This followed a decrease of 29% in 2015.

Since the decoupling of payments from production in 2005 TIFF hasn't exceeded £5.5 billion, though trends follow a similar pattern to subsidies and other payments.

TIFF per full time person equivalent fell 7% to £18,800.


In recent years TIFF was at its highest  in the early 1990s. TIFF increased by 38% in 1993 alone; in 1995, it reached almost £7.8 billion at 2016 prices.

Total public subsidies under the CAP and national schemes increased dramatically in the early 1990s with the introduction of arable area payments.


The total value of direct payments to farmers was £2.8 billion in 2016.

The introduction of the Single Payment Scheme in 2005 resulted in a major shift in subsidies away from those coupled to production.


Commons Briefing papers SN02613

Author: Lydia Jackson

Topics: Agriculture, Common Agricultural Policy, Incomes and poverty

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