The Programme for Government has committed to changes in the Fair Deal Scheme to make it fairer for small businesses and family farms. Families have struggled with huge costs where farm assets have not been transferred or were transferred within the previous five years.

The impact is greatest where farm income is limited and where any further sell-off of assets leaves the farm non-viable for future generations. The IFA has proposed that contributions under the scheme must be proportionate to the ability of the family farm to pay.