FUW wins crucial Assembly support for Tir Mynydd campaign

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has won the crucial backing of Wrexham’s independent AM John Marek for its campaign to restore cuts in the crucial Tir Mynydd hill farming support scheme.

An FUW deputation – comprising Denbigh and Flint county executive officer Gareth Wyn Jones, Denbigh branch vice chairman Glyn Jones and the county’s executive committee’s YFC representative Rhys Roberts – obtained a promise of support when they met Dr Marek at his Wrexham surgery.

The deputy presiding officer’s vote and that of another independent AM, Trish Law, could prove vital at Wednesday’s (28 March) plenary session of the Assembly.

During the session the Environment, Planning and Countryside Committee will put forward a resolution to redistribute funds under the all-embracing Tir Cymru budget to provide a Tir Mynydd budget of £29m for next year instead of a proposed £22m.

Gareth Wyn Jones said: “We have been waiting for a decision on this matter since the Opposition parties succeeded in overturning the Welsh Assembly Government’s budget proposals in November.”

“We hope the Opposition will use their majority to ensure that the EPCC’s decision will be ratified in the full chamber and, together with the support of Dr Marek and Mrs Law, the level of funding for Tir Mynydd payments can be restored,” Mr Jones added.

 The EPCC’s amended proposal is set out in the table below:

£m

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Total

Domestic

19.10

24.60

23.62

23.97

23.84

23.76

23.55

162.44

EU

4.89

4.40

1.68

1.72

1.64

1.57

1.47

17.37

VM

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Total

23.99

29.0

25.3

25.69

25.48

25.33

25.02

179.81