North East MSP Mike Rumbles has condemned the Scottish Government for its failure to pay 1800 farmers full CAP payments, with 500 eligible applications still waiting to receive a single penny.
A Scottish Government report this week showed that of 18,500 eligible applications less than 18,000 have received partial or full payments. According to the report, 16,600 of applicants have now received their full payments.
Mr Rumbles said: “Today’s figures have barely improved on the 17,700 farmers who had received partial or full payments by 14th July. The Scottish Government said it would do everything possible to get payments out before the end of June. They have utterly failed to correct their mistake, and now almost two thousand farmers remain out of pocket as a result.
“The original deadline for payments to be made is now a month overdue, what have the SNP been doing in that time? They have been let off the hook by the good graces of the EU Commissioner who has extended the deadline for all payments to be made before the Scottish government is fined for its incompetence. Not to mention the damage caused to our agricultural sector and rural economy, and the uncertainty farmers and their families have been forced to endure.
“The Commissioner has extended the deadline until the 1st of October, but there is no good reason farmers should have to wait that long. I want to see a commitment from the SNP that this will be dealt with by the end of the month at the latest.”
Notes for editors:
- Find the full report at: https://www.ruralpayments.org/publicsite/futures/topics/your-business/your-2015-entitlements-and-payments/q-a-entitlements-and-payments-2015-2016/bps-payments-for-2015/
- Total number of eligible BPS claims – 18,479
This is an estimate of the total number of eligible BPS claims. They are still being finalised and therefore this figure is expected to change over time. All the references made to payments paid within this report apply to this figure.
- Number of eligible businesses that we had processed payments to * by noon on 29 July 2016 – 17,913
- Number of businesses that now have received their full payment* to noon on 29 July 2016 – 16,624