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S5W-13221: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many business reference numbers (BRN) have been issued with correct payment and reduction letters in each year since 2015, and how this compares with the number of BRN claims each year under the Basic Payments Scheme.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 19 December 2017

The following tables set out the number of claims for the Basic Payment Scheme for 2015 and 2016, the number of claims paid, and the number of claims still to be paid.

All businesses that have received their Basic Payment Scheme payment have also received their Basic Payment Scheme payment letter.

In any claim year not all Businesses that submit an application will be found to be eligible for a Basic Payment Scheme Payment, and some ineligible claims will not be formally withdrawn.

SAF 2015

Claims Received for BPS that haven't been withdrawn or deleted

18,935

Total BPS payments made and letters issued

18,418

Eligible BPS Balance payments left to make

0

Figures accurate as of 12 December 2017 13:00

SAF 2016

Claims Received for BPS that haven't been withdrawn or deleted

18,496

Total BPS payments made and letters issued

17,834

Eligible BPS Balance payments left to make

5

Figures accurate as of 12 December 2017 13:00

As mentioned in response to S5W-11154 on 21 September 2017, we have not yet issued any reduction and exclusion letters for Basic Payment Scheme. Final testing and development of the functionality required to issue the letters is close to completion. We expect to be able to start distributing Reduction and Exclusion letters for 2015 and 2016 in the near future. All answers to written Parliamentary Questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx