29 November 2001
Memo may bring virus compensation

By Isabel Davies

A LEAKED memo may open up the way for farmers involved in the foot-and-mouth cull in Cumbria to claim more compensation, say campaigners.

The memo, to countryside minister Elliot Morley, indicates the government was advised not to contest a case with a farmer over his valuation.

It was obtained by campaign group Heart of England.

The note explains that the farmer was told he had no right of appeal against the valuation of his stock because the foot-and-mouth cull was voluntary.

But this was incorrect and the farmer should have been given 14 days to challenge it, the Heart of England Group says.

The memo says other farmers may argue that they too were advised not to challenge figures given and may now wish to dispute them.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We are considering this and will make a response.”

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