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Guy Smith: The RPA cannot leave BPS claimants from England behind

The Welsh government said 91 per cent of BPS payments would be made on December 1, with the NFU insisting RPA claimants in England must not be left behind.



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NFU Cymru are warning farmers to be on the lookout for fraudsters.
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91 per cent of BPS payments to be made on Dec 01, says Welsh government

Cabinet secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths made the announcement at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair on Monday with confirmation 14,111 claims will be paid at some point on Friday (December 1).

 

NFU Cymru president Stephen James said: “The announcement that over 91 per cent of claims will be paid on the first day of the payment window, together with an improved exchange rate, up 4.98 per cent on the 2016 rate, is good news and will be a boost not just to farm businesses but also to the thousands of rural businesses that rely heavily on farmers for much of their income.


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“I hope that all efforts can now be concentrated on ensuring the remaining nine per cent will not have to wait too much longer.”

 

In light of the BPS announcement, NFU Cymru warned farmers to be on high alert for suspicious telephone calls and emails from fraudsters.

 

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He added: “As these payments are vital to the livelihood of many businesses, it is important that farmers are fully aware that there are criminals trying to obtain money from farmers by deception.

 

“Fraudsters can send emails to try and obtain passwords for bank accounts or even try and trick you into making payments into different bank accounts.”

 

It came as the NFU said the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) must live up to its promises and pay at least 90 per cent of claims by the end of December.

 

The union called on Defra to ensure bridging payments were given to claimants who will not be paid before the end of the month and address claims problems in previous years.

 

NFU vice president Guy Smith added: “Welsh and Scottish farmers have heard in recent days from their RPA equivalents giving certainty of early payments. As this is a crucial time of year for farmers, the RPA cannot leave claimants from England behind.

 

“We have emphasised the need for slick payment delivery once again to the highest levels of the RPA and Defra. But uncertainty remains.”

 

Things to remember:

  • Your bank, police or RPW will never ask you to reveal your online password, PIN or bank account details or ask you to make a payment over the telephone
  • Never discuss your bank account details with someone you do not know, or open unknown or unexpected website links or emails. If in doubt, call the organisation back; ideally on a different telephone, using a number you are familiar with or you know to be official. You can usually find this on the organisation’s website, correspondence or statement
  • Look out for emails from suppliers asking for funds to be transferred to a different bank account, emails claiming that there is a problem with an account
  • If you feel you have been the subject of fraud, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 without delay for advice and to register your concern

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