Nine out of 10 farmers in Wales to receive payments on December 1
Published November 29th, 2016
Nearly 90 per cent of Welsh farmers’ Basic Payment claims will be paid on Thursday (December 1), the Welsh rural affairs secretary Lesley Griffiths said on Monday at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.
She announced that £173m will be paid into the bank accounts of 13,176 Welsh farmers on the first day of the new payments window (December 1).
“This exceptional performance has been helped by our move to online only applications, which has reduced bureaucracy, allowing applications to be processed quickly and efficiently,” the cabinet secretary said.
“We are the only home nation to provide a 100 per cent digital approach to these applications.”
Welcoming the news, Stephen James, NFU Cymru President said: “Today’s announcement that 90 per cent of claims will be paid on the first day of the payment window is good news and will help farm businesses following a year when cash flow has been a major concern across all sectors.
“A return to making full payments, rather than part payments as was the case last year, alongside an improved exchange rate, up 16.5 per cent on the 2015 rate, will be a boost not just for farmers but the thousands of rural businesses that rely heavily on farmers for much of their income.
“The improved exchange rate will help cushion the blow for the many farmers who will see their support payments fall as part of the transition from the previous historic basis of support to the new flat rate based BPS.
“This will be important given that farm incomes have been under immense pressure as a result of difficult market conditions over the past 18 months or so as highlighted by the forecasts for net farm income for ‘all farm types’ for the year to March 2016 down by 25 per cent to £13,000.
In England, the RPA is preparing to start making payments on December 1. The agency website states that the RPA is committed to paying 90 per cent of eligible farmers by the end of December.
This year, you can track the progress of your claim online even if you applied on paper on the Rural Payments service and reports will be available for those who receive an aerial or on-farm inspection.
Shortly after receiving BPS payment, claimants will be sent a Remittance Advice in the post, confirming the amount paid. A Claim Statement explaining how the RPA calculated the final value of the claim will be sent out from February.
There is some guidance on GOV.UK about how BPS 2016 payments are worked out.
If you don’t recognise the amount paid to you, write or email the RPA to explain what you think might be wrong.
For advice on Basic Payment Scheme contact Charlotte Rogerson at Berrys on 01743 290642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org