Dozens of farm businesses, who took loans to cover the bungle over 2015/16 CAP payments, will now be forced to repay some of the funding after it has emerged that the Scottish Government overpaid them .
In a letter to members of the Rural Affairs committee, today, the Scottish Government Rural Affairs Minister, Fergus Ewing, admitted that 166 of the 602 farm businesses that received the loan were overpaid, in the latest batch.
Invoices for the overpayments will be issued from today, totalling £746,000.
North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:
“The saga continues as far as the SNP governments bungling of CAP payments is concerned. With payments still late and overtime in the department spiralling out of control, these loan overpayments to our farm businesses are really the last straw.
“Over 25% of the farm businesses who received loans will now be receiving invoices for Mr Ewing’s blunders. These farmers had no idea they were overpaid and receiving this unexpected invoice will surely be a blow
“The Cabinet Secretary has stumbled from one foolhardy error to the next, wasting taxpayers money and piling unnecessary stress on Scotland’s farmers. He couldn’t get them the payments to which they are entitled and now it seems he can’t get the emergency loan payments right either.”