UK farmers are addicted to subsidy, says government adviser

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Oxford economist Dieter Helm said that the agriculture industry enjoys benefits ‘nobody else in the economy gets’

Tax breaks for farmers have caused a “subsidy addiction” and are used to avoid inheritance tax, a government adviser has claimed.

Economist Dieter Helm, chair of the Natural Capital Committee, which advises the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), called for a review of the current taxation rules for farmers and said the agricultural sector received a disproportionate level of government support.

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