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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has welcomed a recent increase in Farm Assist payments, and reminded farmers that IFA offers an online calculator to help determine if they qualify for Farm Assist and what level of payment they could expect.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar, that the Farm Assist income and child disregards reintroduced in last October’s Budget, will automatically apply to all recipients of the scheme from the 8th March next.

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Cuts to the number of farmers qualifying for Farm Assist and changes to the assessment criteria must be reversed in Budget 2017, IFA President Joe Healy has insisted.

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At a meeting with Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar yesterday, IFA President Joe Healy urged the Minister that the reintroduction of the income and child disregards must be part of the review of Farm Assist, which has been promised in the new Programme for Government.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has urged the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar to ensure the reintroduction of income and child disregards is part of the review of Farm Assist, which has been promised in the new Programme for Government.

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