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Hundreds of Welsh farmers still waiting for BPS payments

Seven months on from the opening of the Basic Payment Scheme hundreds of farmers on the Wales-England border are still wating for their settlements.

This week saw NFU Cymru pressing Westminster’s Secretary of State, Elizabeth Truss, for immediate payments.

 

“These businesses are being unfairly penalised by the delays just because their land straddles the Wales-England border and Rural Payments Wales and the Rural Payments Agency are unable to cope with the established situation,” said NFU Cymru president, Stephen James.

 

“We find it extremely concerning that in 2016 when it is commonplace for data to be easily shared between different systems that data cannot be promptly and effectively shared between the RPA and RPW.

 

Payments

 

“The market difficulties affecting our key sectors this past year starkly highlight the continued importance of direct payments in underpinning high quality food production.

 

“Farmers who are still awaiting payments have outstanding bills to cover feed, fertiliser and rent or loan repayments to make and, as each day passes, the cash flow crisis affecting their farming business intensifies.

 

“We urge the Secretary of State to urgently address this matter and ensure that all outstanding data is shared without further delay, so that full BPS payments can be made on all outstanding claims.

 

“We also hope measures are being put in place to ensure these unacceptable delays are not seen again in 2016 and beyond.”

 


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