Date lodged: 19 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government when it expects its EU CAP IT system will be fully functional and allow farmers to receive their CAP payments in full.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 23 February 2018
The system has been functional for some time and, for example, has enabled us to process approximately 18,000 Basic Payment Scheme claims for both 2015 and 2016. Further enhancements in functionality continue to be applied.
The Scottish Government has issued 17,595 Basic Payment Scheme loan offers, and made loan payments, worth 90% of their full anticipated Basic Payment Scheme payment, to 13,350 business with a total value of £312.6 million.
We are aiming to complete full Basic Payment Scheme payments to all businesses for scheme year 2017 by 30 June 2018. However in any year there are a small number of more complex cases that take longer to process, which could extend final completion for some payments beyond that date.