Dáil Éireann - Volume 630 - 06 February, 2007
Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.
Mr. O’Dowd Mr. O’Dowd
Mr. O’Dowd asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason she did not backdate the top up payment under the farm retirement scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3542/07]
Mr. McCormack Mr. McCormack
Mr. McCormack asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if she will backdate the top up payment under the farm retirement scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3541/07]
Mary Coughlan Mary Coughlan
Mary Coughlan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 117 and 138 together.
I decided to increase the maximum in the 1994–99 Scheme from €12,075 to €14,075 per annum and the maximum in the 2000-2006 Scheme from €13,515 to €15,000 per annum with effect from 1st November 2006.
These increases formed part of the undertakings in the social partnership agreement, Towards 2016. They will add some €33 million to the cost of the Schemes over the time they have left to run, and will be funded entirely from the Exchequer.
Dáil Éireann 630 Written Answers. Farm Retirement Scheme.