Environmental Stewardship Scheme

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th April 2018.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Conservative, The Cotswolds

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claims for payment for work under the Higher Level Stewardship scheme which took place in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17 are unresolved; and whether he has set a target date for the resolution of those claims.

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

Holders of Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreements receive two payments: an advance and a final payment.

1,111 (20%) of HLS agreements are still to receive their final payment for 2016.

6,774 (52%) of HLS agreements are still to receive a payment for 2017.

There is no set deadline for Environmental Stewardship payments. Natural England is focused on making the payments and we are keeping farming groups regularly updated on progress.

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