Farmers Guradian
Topics
Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Arable Farming Magazine

Arable Farming Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

British Farming Awards

CropTec

LAMMA 2019

New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now
Login or Register
New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now
New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now

You are viewing your 1 free article

Register now to receive 2 free articles every 7 days or subscribe for unlimited access.

Subscribe | Register

Efra Committee opens inquiry into BPS as payments have ‘slowed down’

MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee have opened an inquiry into the work of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) because payments have ‘slowed down’.


Abi   Kay

TwitterFacebook
Abi   Kay
TwitterFacebook
Share This

Efra Committee opens inquiry into BPS as payments have ‘slowed down’

RPA chief executive Paul Caldwell has been summoned to appear before the committee on March 28 to explain why performance since the start of 2018 appears to have dropped off.

 

News of the inquiry came as Farmers Guardian conducted its own investigation into the delivery of BPS payments – the results of which will be revealed later this week.

 

Chair of the committee Neil Parish MP said: “The committee will be looking into historic payments with the RPA which are still outstanding and claims which have still not been processed.


Read More

April bridging payments for late BPS will do ‘little to ease frustration’ April bridging payments for late BPS will do ‘little to ease frustration’
Basic Payment Scheme 2018: Top tips on how to apply accurately Basic Payment Scheme 2018: Top tips on how to apply accurately
Bigger farmers kept waiting longer for BPS payments Bigger farmers kept waiting longer for BPS payments
BPS loans worth £42.8m land in farmers' bank accounts BPS loans worth £42.8m land in farmers' bank accounts
Bridging payments paid to 96 per cent of farmers awaiting 2017 BPS Bridging payments paid to 96 per cent of farmers awaiting 2017 BPS

“Although it was good to see the RPA process claims in the run up to Christmas, it looks as though payments to farmers have slowed down again since the beginning of this year.

 

“This suggests to me there could be some administration issues which the RPA needs to look at to make sure farmers are paid on time.”

 

As of the end of February, BPS payments worth £1.59 billion had been made to more than 81,000 farmers in England.

 

The RPA will provide bridging payments to those still waiting for their cash at the end of March.

Stuart Roberts, vice president of the NFU, said poor communication with farmers who have not received their payments was the ‘biggest problem’.

 

“This makes cash flow planning impossible and puts farmers in a very difficult position with their banks and suppliers, who rightly expect clear communication themselves from their farming customers”, he added.

 

“It is vital farmers are contacted in the event of payment issues or delays. Some may have been inspected remotely and simply do not know they are impacted.

 

“The RPA needs to appreciate saying nothing is never the answer in this sort of situation. This was something highlighted at the recent NFU council meeting and is an issue I will be pressing hard when I see the RPA chief executive next month.”

TwitterFacebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

Most Recent

Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS