Press release

Animal health and welfare budgets devolved

Budgets will be devolved from 1 April 2011 and have been shared based on historic spending and animal numbers.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

England, Scotland and Wales will get their own budgets to prevent and tackle animal diseases, and look after animal welfare, UK Agriculture Minister Jim Paice today announced.

Animal Health and Welfare funding is spent primarily on preventing, controlling and eradicating exotic and endemic diseases, notably bovine TB, and ensuring high standards of animal welfare.

Jim Paice said:

“England, Scotland and Wales have had policy responsibility for preventing and tackling animal diseases for a long time, so I have worked with my colleagues in the devolved administrations to ensure that each country will now have their own budget.

“We already work closely on our policies on animal health and welfare.  We will work even closer to protect Great Britain from animal disease outbreaks and ensure the best welfare standards possible.”

Research and surveillance will continue to be centrally funded to maintain scientific capacity and capability in Great Britain.  Each administration will identify their needs and jointly decide what research and surveillance to commission, and will work closely with Northern Ireland.

In the event of a disease outbreak, all countries will continue to work very closely together to ensure the most effective measures are taken across Britain.


  1. For 2011/12 Scotland and Wales will each have £21million and England £105m to spend on animal health and welfare. 
  2. Animal Health and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency will merge on 1 April 2011 .
  3. The Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency will provide a veterinary service across Great Britain.  Each country will specify the services they want provided and work together to ensure the needs are met.
  4. Northern Ireland already has policy and financial responsibility for animal health and welfare and will remain unaffected by this agreement.
Published 14 March 2011