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April bridging payments for late BPS will do ‘little to ease frustration’

A Defra promise to make bridging payments to farmers who have not received their BPS cash by the end of March will do ‘little to ease frustration’, according to NFU vice president Guy Smith.


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April bridging payments for late BPS will do ‘little to ease frustration’

Mr Smith’s comments came as Farming Minister George Eustice announced the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) would make bridging payments worth 75 per cent of a total BPS claim in April.

 

More than 93 per cent of farmers in England have now received their cash, with payments made to date totalling more than £1.5 billion.

 

Mr Eustice said: “The burden of EU rules continues to be a barrier to some of the remaining processing, so we will ensure, as we did last year, any farmer not paid by the end of March will receive a bridging payment in April.”

 

Still waiting

 

But Mr Smith told Farmers Guardian NFU membership surveys showed thousands of farmers were still waiting for their BPS.


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“I hear from them regularly”, he said.

 

“The news today that there will be no bridging payments until April will do little to ease the frustration and will do nothing for bank accounts.

 

“When you consider Scottish farmers got bridging payments in December, it makes little sense to me for the Minister to blame lack of payments on EU rules.”

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