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Johnathan Hall

Jonathan Hall
Director of Policy and Member Services

T: 0131 472 4002
M: 07770 934898
E: jonathan.hall@nfus.org.uk

Robert Macdonald

Robert MacDonald
Less Favoured Areas Committee Chairman

To contact Robert please email jenny.brunton@nfus.org.uk

Jenny Brunton
Policy Manager - CAP Schemes and Post Brexit Agricultural Policy

T: 0131 472 4053
M: 07823 348963
E: jenny.brunton@nfus.org.uk

 

The Common Agricultural Policy


NFU Scotland continues to press for timely payments where farmers and crofters can plan cash flows with a clear timetable of payments known. Recent years have seen ongoing issues with the IT System and NFUS is in continuous dialogue with the Scottish Government on issues facing Scottish agriculture.

Any member facing issues receiving payments or seeking guidance on any scheme, please get in touch with Jenny at NFU Scotland at jenny.brunton@nfus.org.uk

CAP Payments

Payments to date for schemes in 2017 (2018 payment) are outlined below;


BPS Loan Scheme (NBPSS)

In what has been a very challenging year for many farmers and crofters, the Scottish Government announced a National Basic Payment Support Scheme (NBPSS) for 2018 after pressure from NFUS to deliver timely payments. Loan payments were made to eligible farmers from early October.  A Similar scheme was created in 2017, which delivered payments of more than £317 million to over 13,500 farmers. Under the new scheme, loans will be offered to eligible farmers for up to 90% of what they are due as part of their Basic Payment Scheme 2018 payments. This was on an opt-in basis and offset against 2018 BPS payments with the 10% balance paid in 2019.  

LFASS

For those farming in Scotland’s LFA, LFASS and SUSSS payments are often more important financially to the unit than BPS and Greening. LFASS provides a vital injection of funding for hill farmers and crofters and without the annual £65 million of life-line support to the most vulnerable areas of Scotland, many hill farms and crofts would be unsustainable which could lead to much wider ramifications - including the potential for land abandonment.

Any cut to LFASS payments in either 2019 or 2020 would be wholly unacceptable to NFU Scotland. An immediate and significant priority of the Union is to explore options for protecting affected farmers and crofters in this period and maintaining levels of support.  NFU Scotland is in continuous dialogue with Scottish Government, taking into account legislative, state aid and budgetary factors, to ensure any such cliff edge can be avoided.

LFASS Loan Scheme

An announcement by the Scottish Government that it will once again put in place a loan scheme to deliver 90% of payments under the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS) for 2018 is welcome news for Scottish farmers and crofters at an uncertain time for Scottish agriculture.
NFU Scotland President Andrew McCornick said: “This support, via the national loan scheme which will be delivered in April, is critical to ensuring that farmers and crofters can continue to deliver for rural Scotland –providing jobs and opportunities. LFASS support is a key injection of cashflow in to our remote communities, driving growth and tackling the causes of rural depopulation.

“Loan offers will be sent out in batches with the first batch being sent out on 1 March. It’s important that farmers and crofters opt in if they want timely delivery of the support due via LFASS.

More info - https://www.ruralpayments.org/publicsite/futures/topics/all-schemes/national-loan-schemes/national-lfass-2017-18/



As a farmer or crofter the links below list the schemes that might be relevant to you.  Click Key Links to expand the list.

Key Links
Advisory Service
Want to access advice and support from experts
Click to read more
Agri-Environment Climate Scheme
Interested in projects that help protect the environment
Click to read more
Basic Payment Scheme
Active Farmer with at least three hectares of land
Click to read more
Forestry Grant Scheme
Manage, or wish to create, woodland or forests
Click to read more
Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund
Want to explore new ways of working in agriculture and land management
Click to read more
Less Favoured Area Support (LFASS)
Farm land designated as Less Favoured Area
Click to read more
National Reserve
New and / or young farmer who does not automatically qualify for the Basic Payment Scheme
Click to read more
New Entrant grants
Are below the age of 41 or have recently set-up a farming business for the first time
Click to read more
Small Farms Grant Scheme
Run a small farm (between three and 30 hectares)
Click to read more
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