RSABI is a unique Scottish charity dedicated to the relief of hardship and poverty
amongst people who have depended for their livelihoods on the land.
Who We Help
RSABI helps people who have depended on the land.
RSABI helps people who are in retirement or who are no longer able to work and people who are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis.
RSABI helps people who are in genuine need and for whom it will make a real difference.
Once need has been identified, we have two basic eligibility requirements.
- Qualifying occupations include agriculture, crofting, forestry, horticulture, fish-farming, gamekeeping and rural estate work. (Other jobs that wholly depend on providing services to these industries can also be considered on a case by case basis).
- The applicant must have spent a substantial period - at least 10 years - working full-time in a qualifying occupation in Scotland. Regular part-time workers can also be considered for help, but they will require to have worked for a correspondingly longer period.
- Allowance is made for people who have had to permanently stop working due to illness, accident or disability.
- People who have depended for a meaningful period on someone who qualifies through occupation, most likely a spouse or partner, also qualify for help.
- RSABI helps people who are on a low income and do not have substantial savings or investments.
- RSABI does not include non-means tested disability benefits when calculating qualifying income.
- RSABI makes allowances when applicants have to rely on private transport to get about.