Common Agricultural Policy

Emir of Dubai takes £1m in farm subsidies for horse breeding empire

Last edited 23 October 2016 at 9:43am
23 October, 2016

The Emir of Dubai has received almost £1 million in farm subsidies over the last two years for thoroughbred stud farms that boast tennis courts, a mansion, helipads and even a swimming pool for horses, Greenpeace can reveal.

Read the full investigation here.

The billionaire Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, received a startling £923,760 in taxpayer subsidies for his Newmarket-based stud farms Darley Stud and Godolphin, Greenpeace has found. A further £110,301 went to Smech Management Company, which is also owned by Sheikh Mohammed. Of these payments, a total of £947,211 came from the controversial “single payment scheme”, based primarily on the area of land owned, rather than how that land is used.

Greenpeace investigation exposes agricultural subsidies linked to tax havens and billionaires

Last edited 29 September 2016 at 3:58pm
29 September, 2016

A Greenpeace investigation has for the first time analysed the Top 100 recipients of the Common Agricultural Policy’s (CAP) “single payment scheme” – subsidies paid out based on the area of land owned.

Painting a picture of “a broken system which sends public subsidies into billionaires’ bank accounts,” the study reveals:

National Flood Resilience Review - Greenpeace response

Last edited 8 September 2016 at 11:58am
8 September, 2016

Responding to the Government’s National Flood Resilience Review published today, Dr Doug Parr, Chief Scientist at Greenpeace UK, said:

‘The devastating floods felt by the north of England last year were not a flash in the pan. We know that climate change is only going to increase the impact and frequency of such extreme weather. Investment in flood defence infrastructure is a no-brainer, but the Government now has a critical window to fundamentally reassess how we deliver flood prevention and environmental protection in rural areas.

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