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Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS)

Cows in fieldIntroduction

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) is an area-based scheme provided for in EC Rural Development Regulations. The objectives are to:

  • ensure continued agricultural land use in order to contribute to the maintenance of a viable rural community
  • maintain the countryside, and
  • maintain and promote sustainable farming systems

While the scheme continued in its original form until 2014, there will be some changes from 2015. These include, in certain circumstances, more opportunities for active farmers and crofters who were refused LFASS support during 2010–2014 to receive funding. However, this is dependent on European Commission approval.

Please visit the Rural Payments and Services website for the full scheme guidance as well as advice on how to apply.