Countryside Stewardship Scheme

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th June 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 (a) entry level and (b) higher level Stewardship payments remain outstanding for (i) 2016 and (ii) 2017; and whether his Department has set a date for all such outstanding payments to be resolved.

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

A table containing the requested information can be found below. Defra has recently approved additional recovery actions and we now expect Environmental Stewardship advanced and final payments to be substantially completed by mid-August 2018 and mid-October 2018 respectively.

Claim period

Scheme

Payments due

Claims withdrawn or rejected

Payments complete

Payments outstanding

2016 end of year

ELS

22,234

137

21,976

121

HLS

13,978

50

12,988

940

2017 mid-year

ELS

11,534

140

11,117

277

HLS

13,190

142

8,266

4,782

2017 end of year

ELS

11,530

117

9,081

2,332

HLS

13,146

15

1,889

11,242

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