This year’s General Election is almost upon us. Each parties manifestos promise substantial changes to be made to the agricultural and rural sectors. In this blog we will outline the most relevant policies from each party relating to a key part of our manifesto – agriculture and farming.
The first policy regards ‘Rural Affairs’. This election issue includes rural and agricultural policies and countryside funding. According to the 2011 Census 10,349,621 people reside in a rural location within England and Wales (that’s 18.5% of England and Wales’s population). Perhaps a determinate for the majority vote of the rural marginal constituencies. Each party pledges policies that will be of great significance to those residing within the rural margins or working within the agricultural sector.
- Work to improve the Common Agriculture Policy.
- Hold a vote on bringing back the Hunting Act. This British tradition dates back centuries. In 2005 Labour enforced an act to put a stop to hunting. A ban which was not favoured by The Countryside Alliance and was described by them as ‘pointless and wasteful’.
- Increase the number of apprenticeships in the agricultural sector. Agricultural Recruitment Specialists recruit for apprentices on a regular basis, the response is always fantastic from those keen to progress. More apprentice roles will create even more opportunities that we can recruit for and help fill.
- Protect food producers from unfair practices by big supermarkets. This will support the expansion of the supplier sector.
- Create world-leading food, farm and fisheries sector. This will create even more job opportunities and will offer better paid salaries.
- Work to restore habitats for bees and other wildlife. The threat to bees and other wildlife is something taken seriously by this party. Bees are essential to our food and ecosystem. It is very important that they are protected.
- Complete the coastal path and enhance the "right to roam". This policy will encourage growth, investment and will create new opportunities to entrants.
- Support organic agriculture, sustainable land management and the organic food market.
- Replace the Common Agriculture Policy.
- Protection for animals – no more animal testing and an end to factory farming.
- Fairer deals on fuel prices for rural areas.
- Workable discard ban for Scotland's fishing fleet.
The second policy regards the ‘Environment’ – this policy includes energy supply, climate change, flooding and air and water quality.
- Protect our environment and green belt. Our green belt is where our farms live and breathe. With protection enforced, our land will be safe from the threat of building upon.
- Spend around £3 billion on improving our environment. This will ensure a better and healthier future for us all and our farms inhabitants.
- Prioritise flood prevention. With our longest river stretching 354km (River Severn) flooding is a massive worry to those living near a river. With flood prevention put in place this worry can be put to rest.
- Put an end to the badger cull. The badger cull is rapidly reducing the amount of badgers in the country. This policy will ensure that our badgers don’t become extinct in the near future.
- Double renewable electricity. This will ensure sustainability and will create new jobs within the renewable energy sector – a sector which we often recruit for.
- Plant 750,000 trees a year. This will create shelter and new habitats for our wildlife.
- Invest in renewable energy sources.
- Reduce all UK emissions.
- Maximise support for offshore wind, ensuring Scotland sees maximum investment.
- Wants UK government to have a dedicated Climate Justice Fund.
This year’s general election takes place on the 7th May. We hope this blog has given you a better insight of the parties’ policies. Together we will make a change.
All the Best
Agricultural Recruitment Specialists