Performance on BPS

CLA STATEMENT RELATING TO RPA PERFORMANCE ON BPS 2018

The following statement was issued by the CLA on 16th January 2019,  in relation to the RPA Performance on BPS 2018:

“The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed that at the end of December it paid 93.4% of claims of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018, representing £1.57billion paid to farmers.

CLA President Tim Breitmeyer welcomed the announcement but warned that delayed BPS payments and continued delay on stewardship payments are causing concerns to many farmers.

He said: “This is welcome progress but those still awaiting payment are experiencing pressure on the business, and in many cases significant stress and worry.

“The rural economy is already facing an uncertain future in the lead up to Brexit and beyond so delayed BPS payments, alongside these other delays to Agri-environment scheme payments are compounding and causing a real dent.

“We have previously called on the Treasury to make early and timely bridging payments and are disappointed these are not forthcoming. They should be made a planned feature of the administrative process for the remainder of BPS, and we will continue to press for them in order to put an end to the annual cycle of uncertainty on this issue.””

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