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Bridging payments paid to 96 per cent of farmers awaiting 2017 BPS

The RPA said remaining payments required ‘more complex processing’ and would ‘therefore take longer to complete’.

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Bridging payments paid to 96 per cent of farmers awaiting 2017 BPS

More than £117 million worth of bridging payments has been paid to 3,200 farms following a promise payments worth 75 per cent of any outstanding claim value would be paid by April 9.

 

This was according to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) which said the remaining payments required ‘more complex processing’ and would ‘therefore take longer to complete’, but advised support was available through online guidance, how-to videos and by telephone.

 

RPA chief executive Paul Caldwell said: “We have made solid progress in delivering payments to farmers this year, with more than 96 per cent now paid and I am pleased so many of this final four per cent have now received their bridging payments.


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“As always, there is more to do and the RPA will continue working to make the final remaining payments.

 

Online applications

“But now is also the time to get online to make sure your application for 2018 is in before the deadline closes in May.”

 

The announcement comes just weeks after Mr Caldwell admitted the organisation’s performance was ‘nowhere near good enough’.

 

Since March, more than 18,000 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications have been submitted with a record 90 per cent processed online.

 

Farmers are now encouraged to apply online to reach the deadline of midnight on May 15. Late applications will be accepted until June 9 but will incur a penalty.

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