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Union Calls for Temporary Changes to Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme to be Made Permanent

NFU Scotland is calling for the temporary changes made to the Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSSS) for this year to be made permanent.

In recognition of the poor weather, and its impact on crofters and hill farmers, Scottish Government took the welcome decision following a request from NFU Scotland, to move the application deadline for the 2017 scheme to 30 November.  It also changed the retention period from 1 December 2017 to 31 March 2018.

At a recent meeting of the Union’s Less Favoured Areas committee, members welcomed the extension to SUSSS rules granted by the Scottish Government.  It took account of the dire weather situation and the impact that this had on farmers and crofters being able to safely gather sheep on hills and crofts.  The extension benefitted many of the scheme applicants.

Members of the committee are eager to see the scheme changes implemented on a permanent basis.

NFU Scotland will now formally request that the extended deadline of 30 November become the standard application deadline in future scheme years, with the retention period being from 01 December to 31 March.

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Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Author: Bob Carruth

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News Article No.: 191/17


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