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UK farmers are addicted to subsidy, says government adviser

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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