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Scottish Red Meat Industry Being ‘Damaged’ by Levy

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Scottish Red Meat Industry Being ‘Damaged’ by Levy

October 21
20:07 2013
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Alex Salmond has written to David Cameron over the Government’s levy system for red meat, which the first minister said is causing farmers lose over £1m each year in Scotland. He claimed the issue has been raised with successive Defra secretaries of state over the last few years but that it remains unresolved.

In response, Defra has said that much of the money raised is used to benefit the Scottish industry.

‘Many lambs and pigs now go from here to English and Welsh abattoirs, which means less funding for Quality Meat Scotland,’ wrote Mr Salmond. ‘This practice drains around £1.4m a year from Scotland’s farmers when they need that money to support promotion, research and development in our Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork brands through Quality Meat Scotland.

‘With extra levy revenue at its disposal, Quality Meat Scotland would be able to do even more to maximise the full economic value of the Scotch Brand.’

A spokeswoman from Defra responded: ‘Much of the money raised through red meat levies benefits the Scottish industry, in particular the £7m used to promote British meat to UK and export markets.

‘We are looking at alternative levy options but are clear that any change must not place additional burdens on businesses.’




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The First Minister has written to David Cameron over the potential loss to Quality Meat Scotland of thousands of pounds in levies…

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