Date lodged: 5 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how much the delays to CAP payments have cost the rural economy since September 2015.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 27 July 2017
The Scottish Government provides regular updates to Parliament on the number and timing of payments made under the range of CAP support schemes. While these do not include an assessment of economic impact, as the information is not readily available, the Scottish Government has taken significant steps to mitigate the impact of delays with starting Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) payments by providing BPS and LFASS loans for both the 2015 and 2016 scheme years. Indeed the payment of 2016 BPS loans in November 2016, before the opening of the formal payment window on 1 December 2016 for making BPS payments, accelerated funding into the rural economy, with the likelihood of associated benefits.