NFUS shows £190,000 spending increase in 2018

Latest accounts have shown NFU Scotland’s coffers increased despite spending increasing by more than £190,000 over the last year.

Publication of its annual accounts for 2018 shows income is up by £132,000 on last year with subscriptions accounting for £82,000 and returns from affinity deals generating a further £49,000 of the uplift.

However, expenditure over the year also rose by £191,000 to reach just over £3 million.

The total spend compares with £2.84 million in 2017 and leaves an operating deficit this year of £28,000 as opposed to a surplus of £32,000 in 2017.

However, investment income of £72,000 means NFU Scotland ended with a net surplus of £44,000 compared to £111,000 in 2017.

As a result, the balance sheet remains strong with net assets increasing by £58,424 to £2,968,225.

Membership at financial year end was 8,315 – up by 57 compared to the same time last year.

Reinvesting back into the union

NFU Scotland chief executive Scott Walker said: “NFU Scotland exists to lobby. We are here to bring pressure to bear on policymakers and commercial organisations to gain favourable outcomes for Scotland’s farmers and crofters in order to achieve a sustainable and profitable future for Scottish agriculture.

“In order to achieve this, we need to be underpinned by a robust financial base to give us the resources to employ the right people to be the advocates for the industry and to do the activities that will make a difference.

“I am pleased that once again we have had a good financial year. A lot of hard work by many people has seen our membership grow for a second year.

I set a goal a few years back to grow affinity income and to return an amount equal to the value of subscriptions back to our members in the form of discounts on goods. Our affinity income continues to grow, and we now return discounts equal to the value of members subscriptions.

“We will once again plough back our surplus into growing the activities we do. We will be putting new part-time regional policy advisors in Orkney and Shetland to enhance the support we provide to members and we will continue to strengthen our lobbying activities to ensure that the voice of Scotland’s farmers and crofters is heard.”