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Union Asks for Flexibility on Rural Priorities Awards to Reflect Poor Weather

NFU Scotland has contacted the Scottish Government seeking guidance for those with Rural Priorities capital projects due to be completed in 2012.

The claim year for Rural Priorities capital projects approved in 2012 closes on the 28 February 2013 but the ongoing wet weather has significantly delayed the work on some farms.  The Union is urging those affected to act on the following advice.

Those who received awards this year are reminded that they can only claim payment in the year stated in their Schedule of Works (SoW). If the SoW states, for example, that an item will be claimed in 2012, then the claim should be submitted by 28 February 2013.

NFU Scotland President, Nigel Miller said:

“Successful applicants to the Rural Priorities scheme have gained access to funding that will provide a hugely important injection of support into their farm business plans.  However, the incessant poor weather has seen capital works on several farms grind to a halt.

“That has resulted in several members contacting NFUS concerned about being able to complete projects within the scheme timetable.   

“We have discussed the matter with Scottish Government and we would urge those still to complete specific actions to continue to aim for completion by 28 February next year.  It is important that invoices for capital works are issued on or before that date.  These can then be sent to the local RPID area office as part of the claim.

“We would urge those unable to fit with that timetable to contact RPID area offices now with evidence of delay and to discuss implications for their award.”  

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Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

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News Article No.: 133/12


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