£1.87 million used to help out cash-strapped farmers

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution trustees.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution trustees.

Farming’s oldest welfare charity, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), gave out grants of around £1.87 million to farming people in financial hardship during 2015.

A total of 1,340 individuals and families received financial support from RABI last year, with the charity helping farming people to claim more than £390,000 in state benefits and tax credits.

RABI also paid out the following in 2015:

l £156,000 to working farmers, to help them cope with such things as illness, flooding and animal disease.

l £221,885 towards clearing domestic bills.

l £122,039 for disability equipment and adaptations.

l £48,366 for home repairs and improvements.

l £263,204 to 200 individuals and families in Wales.

RABI chief executive Paul Burrows said: “For working farmers suffering financial hardship due to an unforeseen crisis, we can provide grants towards relief staff.

“Our message is simple; If you or someone you know works or has worked in farming and is in need of help, call our Freephone helpline on 0808 281 9490.

“Your call will be handled with discretion.”