600 farmers still out of pocket over CAP payments


North East MSP Mike Rumbles has condemned the Scottish Government for its failure to pay 610 farmers their full CAP payments, almost a year after their applications were submitted.

 

Figures for the latest Government update show that over 400 farm businesses are still to receive a single penny of their entitlement. 

 

Mr Rumbles said: “Progress getting these payments to farmers and their families has been glacial. The Scottish Government has repeatedly said it would do everything possible to get payments out as soon as possible, but if anything the rate of applications being processed has slowed down.

 

“They have utterly failed to correct their mistake or repair the damage they have caused to our agricultural sector and rural economy. The uncertainty that farming communities have been forced to endure will have an impact for years to come.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • Scottish Government update on CAP payments 2015/16:

 

 

Total number of eligible BPS claims

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

18,346

 

 

BPS, Greening and Young Farmers payments

 

Total amount by value processed for payment  to end of business on 21 September, 2016     

£331m

 

Total payments

Number of eligible businesses, of the estimated total of 18,346, that we had processed payments to (1) by end of business 21 September, 2016.     

 

17,945

All other farmers were offered a nationally-funded loan to the approximate value of their first instalment. This was paid automatically unless the farmer opted-out.

 

Total full payments

Number of businesses that now have received their full payment to end of business 21September, 2016.     

17,736

 

 


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