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S5W-15950: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 17 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has carried out of the impact each year on the (a) rural economy and (b) agricultural sector of the reported problems with the IT system that it introduced to process common agricultural policy basic payments.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 4 May 2018

In 2017 I increased the national loan schemes value to 90% of farmers and crofters CAP payment. The 2017 loan payments were made earlier and quicker than ever before. In fact the 2017 National Basic Payment Scheme paid more than 13,000 farmers and crofters over £308m before the EU CAP BPS payment window even opened.

So by allowing farmers and crofters access to financial support earlier than under normal scheme payment conditions can only have a beneficial impact.