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NFU Scotland calls for ‘step change’ in 2017 CAP delivery

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has called on the Scottish Government to ensure 2017 sees a ‘step change’ in payment of CAP support to farmers and crofters.


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NFUS calls for 'step change' in 2017 CAP delivery

The union has requested Ministers set out clear timelines for delivery of all schemes due in the new year.

 

NFUS president Allan Bowie said: “The lack of trust in the Scottish Government’s ability to properly deliver payments remains unprecedented.

 

“When payments are made in 2017, we must see those followed by information to claimants, clearly stating what they have been paid and how it has been calculated.”

 

He also called for farmers to be given information about payment delays where they occur.

 

The requests follow a difficult year for CAP delivery in Scotland, which was beleaguered by IT problems.

 

The Scottish Government was forced to offer loans worth £500 million after it became clear full payments would not be made on time.

 

But the loan scheme has not been without its own problems, as some claimants have been paid the wrong amount.

 

An Audit Commission report questioned whether the £180 million IT system would ever be fit for purpose earlier this year.


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