Date lodged: 17 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how many remaining eligible claims there are for 2015 Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) payments, and by what date these will be paid.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 31 January 2019
There are 81 remaining 2015 LFASS unprocessed claims out of an eligible population of 11,381 eligible claims. This equates to 0.71% of the eligible population.
We are aiming to process the vast majority of these remaining claims by 1 April 2019 .
We check each claim carefully, providing every opportunity for customers to confirm they have met scheme rules and are eligible for a payment.
Not all these remaining claims will necessarily prove to be eligible for a payment. There can be a wide range of issues preventing claims reaching a point where they can be paid or where it can be confirmed no payment is due.
In any year the last few claims are always the most complex, and take longer to resolve, but we will conclude the processing of these few remaining claims as quickly as possible.