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Where are we with support payments

This is where Scottish Government are with regards to the payment of support payments (updated 6 September 2017).

2015 Payments

There are 10 BPS 2015 (some of these may not prove to be eligible for payment); 16 Rural Priorities; and 6 Land Management Options claims outstanding.  Have completed over 99% of BPS; 97% of Rural Priorities; 92 % of Land Manager Options payments.

There are more than 300 outstanding LFASS claims.

2016 Payments

BPS, Greening and Young Farmer payments started reaching claimant bank accounts week commencing 27 March.  As of end of August, 17,228 businesses have had their claims processed.  Approx. 96 per cent were eligible to claim. The value of claims paid out to date is £370.41 million - 99 percent of total value.

Scottish Suckler Beef Support - 7011 business have been paid £37.44 million.  Scottish Upland Sheep Scheme - 970 businesses (approx. 90 percent) have been paid a total of £6.19 million.

Two-thirds of Rural Priorities payments have been paid and processing continues.

Payments of LMO are scheduled to start in September, Beef Efficiency Scheme, AECS and Forestry Grant Scheme later in the Autumn.


LFASS 2016

Final testing is underway with the aim of starting payments this month (September).  The majority of these will be balance payments following the loan scheme opened in April.

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 loan payments worth over £45 million were processed and started to be paid week commencing 22 May.  Further payments followed 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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