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15 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 14 December 2010

The cost of the 2001 outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease cost the taxpayer over £4billion. A new report suggests establishing a 'partnership board' to move the responsibility and cost of animal health outbreaks onto animal keepers. But the National Farmers Union says it won't be represented on the board and fears farmers will be landed with most of the costs.

It's estimated people with mobility problems have access to less than 1% of countryside paths. There are fears that changes to Higher Level Steweardship payments and local authority budget cuts will mean fewer of them will be able to access the countryside.

Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Anne-Marie Bullock.


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