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Did you know that R.A.B.I gave out grants of around £1.9 million to farming people in financial hardship during 2015?
A total of 1,340 individuals and families received financial support from us last year.
As well as helping farming people to claim more than £390k in state benefits and tax credits, we also paid out the following in 2015:
- £156,000 to working farmers, to help them cope with such things as illness, flooding and animal disease.
- £221,885 towards clearing domestic bills.
- £122,039 for disability equipment and adaptations.
- £48,366 for home repairs and improvements.
- £263,204 to 200 individuals and families in Wales.
We help working farmers, farmworkers and their families who rely on farming for their main source of income. Help can also be given to retired farmers, farmworkers and their dependants. Since December 2015, we’ve given out emergency grants of £58,000 to flood victims in Cumbria, Lancashire and Durham.
Paul Burrows, R.A.B.I CEO said: “For working farmers suffering financial hardship due to an unforeseen crisis, we can provide grants towards relief staff.
“For retired and/or disabled people we provide regular and one-off grants for living costs. We can help with home-help costs and provide specialist equipment and white goods. Our work is funded by donations, investments and legacies. We receive tremendous support from the farming community and fundraising events are held throughout England and Wales by our county committees of volunteers.
“Our message is simple; If you or someone you know works or has worked in farming and is in need of help, call our Freephone helpline on 0808 281 9490. Your call will be handled with discretion. Just ask – we do much more than you think.”