Gender and Land Rights Database

United Kingdom

Funding provisions to guarantee women’s land transactions

- Loans for setting or running a business or grants for improvements are based on gender-neutral criteria. Although a number of funding schemes are available for farmers, none is specifically targeted at women farmers (17).

- Environmental Stewardship is an agri-environment scheme that provides funding to farmers and land managers who deliver effective environmental management on their land (24).

- The fund value of the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) of 2008 was £1.63 billion with an estimated number of claimants of 106 500. At 31 December 2008, full SPS payments amounting to over £960 million had been made to nearly 70 000 farmers (6).

- The Uplands Entry Level Stewardship (Uplands ELS) is a new payment scheme available for hill farmers starting in 2008. It is designed to ensure that farmers are supported and rewarded in their efforts to maintain England’s historic upland landscape, such as Cumbrian Fells, Dartmoor and the Peak District (6).

Sources: numbers in brackets (*) refer to sources displayed in the Bibliography