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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11154: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that payments have been allocated to bank accounts under its various agricultural support schemes since 2016 that do not specify under which scheme refer to; what action it is taking to ensure that the people and businesses in receipt of such payments are advised of (a) what the payment was for and (b) how the calculation was made, and by what date all such advice will be given.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 21 September 2017

We have issued Payment Notification letters detailing the payment amount for each scheme where a payment has been made since 2016. The letters clearly define the scheme(s) to which they apply.

The Reduction and Exclusion letter demonstrates to customers how we have established the payment figure, detailing any adjustments made to their claim to reach the final payment amount. Unfortunately this letter has not yet been issued for all payment schemes and we regret any difficulty that has caused to our customers. We are undertaking final testing of the necessary IT functionality to ensure that letters are accurate and reflect the most up to date land information.