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Don’t forget those in need in the farming community

Falling commodity prices are at the forefront of farming minds, especially for those facing continued pressures. Last year, arable prices plummeted alongside those for milk and meat.

Farm budgets have come under increasing strain as a result, but the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is here to help and can do so in more ways than just providing financial support.

Last year, R.A.B.I gave out around £1.9 million in grants with almost £300k going to working farmers. However, R.A.B.I is more than just a helping hand in cash terms and has other ways of supporting the farming community in times of hardship.

Those with mounting debts can speak to a regional welfare officer and free, confidential advice on personal finances can be arranged through Payplan. Annual financial reviews by the charity can also help farming families to access benefits and tax credits, while retired farmers and farm workers can get assistance too, to ensure they are receiving all entitlements. 

While R.A.B.I does not help with business bills, it can organise business appraisals through the Promar 

consultancy – the first half day’s consultancy is free.

Farmers needing to boost their incomes can access vocational training grants to build on existing skills or learn new ones that will help them supplement farm income.

Many farmers struggle when they become sick or suffer an accident, but R.A.B.I may be able to pay for relief workers in times of need. The charity can also pay for disability equipment such as powered wheelchairs and all-terrain scooters.

At Christmas time, a hamper or bouquet of flowers from R.A.B.I can brighten someone’s day, especially for those living on their own. Food vouchers for families and one-off payments to help clear domestic bills can also ease financial burdens.

No one knows what’s around the corner. With that in mind, R.A.B.I welcomes all donations, whether one-off gifts or regular monthly amounts, to support a vital industry lifeline.

Anyone needing more information can call the charity’s Freephone helpline 0300 303 7373. Alternatively, email grants@rabi.org.uk For news about the charity, or to find out how you can make a donation, visit www.rabi.org.uk.

Christopher D'OlleyMRICS

Partner

Christopher D'Olley is a Rural Partner in the Winchester office. He is a Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, with over 30 years experience. Work undertake...

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