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Saudi prince & Queen Elizabeth handed £900K EU taxpayer-funded subsidies

Queen Elizabeth II is one of the top beneficiaries in the United Kingdom of farming subsidies.

A Saudi Arabian billionaire is among those handed hundreds of thousands of pounds every year in farm subsidies at the expense of taxpayers.

At least one in five of the top 100 recipients of CAP subsidies were farms owned or controlled by members of aristocratic families, a Greenpeace investigation found.

At least one in five of the top 100 recipients of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidies in the United Kingdom a year ago were farm businesses owned or controlled by members of aristocratic families, an investigation by environmental campaign group Greenpeace found.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “The Secretary of State has underlined the need for continuity for farmers and together with her ministerial team is looking forward to working with industry, rural communities and the wider public to shape our plans for food, farming and the environment outside the European Union”. Campaigners have repeated calls to reform farming grants when Britain leaves the EU.

Aberdeenshire farmer Frank Smart receives the most CAP subsidies in the United Kingdom, taking in almost £3 million in grants for his business, Frank A Smart & Son Ltd. One look at where these eye-watering sums are ending up is enough to show that the CAP system is kaput, and continuing in the same vein would be a costly mistake.

“Some of the recipients of these subsidies are doing great work which benefits our environment – but others are not – and it makes no sense that the CAP’s largest subsidy payments don’t distinguish between the two”.

Critics of the current system said that Britain leaving the European Union will allow the United Kingdom to redirect £3billion in subsidies towards protecting the environment. “The British Government has never had a better opportunity to reshape our farming sector for the common good. We should be using any subsidies to improve the lot of farmers who really need our support and champion landowners who promote wildlife and biodiversity, use their land to help reduce flooding in their area and provide carbon storage to tackle climate change”.

Mr Walker said that Greenpeace’s focus on the biggest recipients created an impression that was “a million miles away from what most farmers recognise the situation to be”.

The existing system is now based on the amount of land farmers own.

“If you are a sheep farmer on the west coast of Scotland struggling to survive, your subsidies are vital to allow you to keep producing. The problem is that they are not rewarded in the market for that and that’s why we need support systems”, Price said.






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