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Economic Evaluation of the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance Scheme in England - ER02030

Since 1976, the principal instrument for providing support to hill farms, over and above that available to their lowland counterparts, has been the payment of HLCAs. Under EC regulations, each Community member state is allowed a wide latitude to determine the levels of payment appropriate for its own hill farming sector, up to 25 per cent of which is eligible for reimbursement from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund

The Scheme is administered by the Agriculture Departments. Each year farmers occupying land in the LFA claim and are paid allowances based on headage payments for beef breeding cows and ewes kept in regular breeding herds/flocks. The headage rates and other rules of the Scheme are fixed annually by UK Agriculture Ministers following the Autumn Review of Economic conditions in the Hills and Uplands.

The general aims of this evaluation are to examine the rationale for providing Government support to livestock farmers in the LFA's of England; assess the effects of the HLCA Scheme in England against the stated objectives; and to consider whether the Scheme represents value for money.
Project Documents
• Executive Summary : Economic Evaluation of the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance Scheme in England   (65k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1997

To: 1997

Cost: £74,845
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Drew Associates
Agriculture and Food Chain              
Economic Policy Evaluation              
Farm Business              
Hill Farming              
Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance (HLCA)              
Less Favoured Areas (LFA)