I have spent these last few weeks meeting with farmers, small business and constituents across Brecon and Radnorshire, writes Fay Jones MP.

Majority sharing their huge concerns about the ‘Sustainable Farming Scheme’ by the Welsh Government. I cannot express the urgency in communicating all your feedback and sharing all your thoughts about the consultation to everyone.

Recently, I attended the Conservative Party Conference in Llandudno, along with the Prime Minister and James Evans MS where I met with farmers campaigning against these harsh proposals - a stark difference to Labour Ministers running to the nearest car or back door.

The Conservatives in the Senedd will be voting against the Labour draft budget, and I will continue to work closely with James Evans MS and my colleagues in Westminster to support Welsh farmers and rural businesses.


I have also shared my concerns in meetings with the Treasury on the previous HMRC guidance where Double Cab Pickups would be treated as cars rather than goods vehicles from July 2024.

This decision would have impacted farmers and small businesses across Brecon and Radnorshire. DCPUs with a payload of one tonne or more are a vital form of transport across our community, and I am delighted that the UK government have listened. This important benefit will continue to support businesses and our farming industry as was always intended.

I would also like to congratulate Rhosgoch YFC on their fabulous drama win at the Radnor Drama Festival - best of luck to you at the National Final joining Sennybridge from Breconshire. I should also mention the honest hitting entry from Radnor Valley in 2nd place.

Some certain Cardiff Bay Ministers would certainly learn a thing or two from watching such a powerful drama.

In commemoration of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s 120th anniversary, I was privileged to sponsor an event honouring this anniversary in Committee Room 12 (the room where the Society was established.)

Accompanied by The National Library of Wales the event highlighted the Society’s history and their continuing work into promoting agriculture, conservation, and rural heritage in Wales.

My diary is quickly filling up with spring events. While I do my best to get to as many as possible, I know it isn’t always possible.

So, during the week, my team and I are setting up shop in as many villages and towns as possible across the constituency for lunch time or evening open surgeries.