Date lodged: 18 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government when it was advised that the full processing of applications for its New Entrant Scheme for crofters from the National Reserve 2016 would not be possible until February 2017, and what measures it has introduced to mitigate delays for applicants.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 3 February 2017
The Scottish Government incorporated the required IT functionality to process National Reserve - New Entrant Scheme applications into its 2016 delivery schedule. Due to the delivery schedule, and upon announcement of the 2016 National Basic Payment Support Scheme, we introduced manual assessments to allow loans to issue, under the NBPSS 2016, to those applicants where eligibility could be established.