Agriculture: Subsidies

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th November 2016.

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Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Labour, Copeland

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers had not received money due from the Rural Payments Agency under the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme by the end of 16 November 2016 in (a) England, (b) Cumbria and (c) Copeland parliamentary constituency.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

By 16 November, in addition to claims which the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) cannot pay due to legal reasons such as probate, all but 6 claimants had received a payment, and of those 6 none are in Cumbria or the Copeland constituency. This figure is an increase of 1 compared to the previously reported figure because the agency is completing routine final checks on nil value claims.

The RPA said it would investigate BPS 2015 claims where there is a discrepancy between the claim information and that held on the Rural Payments Service through a planned reconciliation process. This started after the BPS 2016 application window and looked at an initial stock of 13,607 claims for England. The agency continues to review new queries and has identified 1,200 claims relating to common land, of these 386 are in Cumbria and 73 are in the Copeland constituency.

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