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Where are we with support payments

This is where Scottish Government are with regards to the payment of support payments.

2015 Payments

There are 46 BPS 2015 (some of these may not prove to be eligible for payment); 102 Rural Priorities; and 215 Land Management Options claims outstanding.  Have completed over 99% of BPS; 97% of Rural Priorities; 92 % of Land Manager Options payments.

There are 1,700 outstanding LFASS claims.

2016 Payments

BPS, Greening and Young Farmer payments started reaching claimant bank accounts week commencing 27 March.  The first payment was at 90% of claim value.  The balance payment of 10% started to be paid the week commencing 12 June.

The first of the Scottish Suckler Beef Support payments started to arrive in bank accounts week commencing 5 June.  Payment of the Scottish Upland Sheep Scheme began on the 26 June.

Working towards having the functionality to begin Rural Priorities payments in July.

Working towards having the functionality to begin payments of LMO, Beef Efficiency Scheme, AECS and Forestry Grant Scheme in the Autumn.


LFASS 2016


As there was no clear timetable when the Scottish Government would be able to deliver LFASS 2016 payments NFUS pushed for LFASS loans to be made available again this year

The Scottish Government accept that the situation regarding LFASS is not good enough and on 4 April 2017, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing confirmed that farmers and crofters who are waiting for their 2016 payment under the LFASS will be offered a Scottish Government funded loan.

As of 28 June, 12,125 loan applications were received by the Scottish Government. Of these:

  • 1,275 loan offers to the value of £56.4m have been made
  • 8,437 loan payments have been made, worth £50.7m
  • 189 cases are awaiting further information from the applicant and may yet become eligible depending on their returns and further processing.
  • 661 are considered ineligible.

Loans equate to 90 per cent of the 2015 payment received.

For businesses who have yet to receive final LFASS 2015 payments Scottish Government want to make loan offers as quickly as possible but this will need to be based on their LFASS 2014 claim and payment.

SGRPID have made it clear that any opt ins received after 5 May (i.e. those that weren’t in the initial 9,000 loan letter offers) will be included in a later payment run.

More than 7,400 payments worth over £45 million have now been processed and started to be paid week commencing 22 May.  Further payments will follow as more opt in and are received and processed.

SAF 2017 Update

The SAF 2017 deadline (15 May) is now past.  There was an issue with the IT application system on the final Thursday/Friday before the application deadline.  This was resolved allowing time for applications to be submitted.  There have been 20,068 applications submitted of which 215 were submitted after the 15 May deadline.

Independent Technical Assessment of CAP Futures Programme

Scottish Government have now received the findings of the Independent Technical Assessment.  The report is commercially sensitive and as such has not been made public.  We understand that the key points of the report are:

  • There remain substantial challenges completing the full development of the system and Scottish Government’s absolute priority is to focus on making payments as they fall due.
  • The headline message is that the “architecture is fundamentally sound”
  • In response to specific recommendations, Scottish Government are working closely with CGI, their delivery partners, to address the issues raised and have set in track a Continuous Improvement Programme which is taking forward the necessary work to address the concerns.

The members of the Scottish Parliament Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee as well as members of the Scottish Parliament Rural Economy and Connectivity committee attend a private session on Wednesday 7 June to discuss the report.




     

     

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