Rural Payments Agency Risking Wrath of Farmers

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The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has managed to spark outrage with its latest gaffe.

More than 600 letters have been sent out to farmers who they think were overpaid under the Basic Payment Scheme in 2015 or 2016. The fact that really grates is that some claimants have been waiting more than 18 months for their underpayments to be rectified. In some instances, this is understood to be worth tens of thousands of pounds.

The Basic Payment Scheme is the biggest of the European Union’s rural grants and payments designed specifically to help the farming industry. Claimants apply once a year – usually in May – and payments begin in December.

However since the scheme began in 2015 it has been fraught with problems, with the majority of payments being late from the off.

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Big UK interest in Dairy Aid scheme

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The Rural Payments Agency has revealed that over 1,800 UK farmers have applied for the EU’s Dairy Aid Scheme.

The voluntary scheme will pay producers the equivalent of 12.2p per litre to cut production over the next three months. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the milk supply across Europe and restore balance to the market which will in turn stabilise prices.

Over the course of the coming week, the EU Commission will verify figures from all member states and work out the funding to cover all the applicants for the scheme which will run from 1 October to 31st December.

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Dairy Farmers – DEFRA Appeal to HMRC for Tax

www.greenandco.comAccording to farming minister George Eustice DEFRA have requested that HMRC take a “sympathetic stance” with dairy farmers and consider the individual circumstances of each business in the wake of the dairy crisis. It has been requested that tax payments be deferred for the hardest hit or payment plans be considered so that liabilities can be paid in instalments.

This and other action points were outlined at a recent meeting of dairy industry representatives hosted by DEFRA, where it was also decided that a new industry-led group would be set up to investigate the dairy supply chain and the development potential of a futures market.

DEFRA has asked the Rural Payments Agency to prioritise dairy farmers when administering farm payments and UK banks were also in attendance at the meeting, outlining the ways they can offer support to dairy farmers.

Hopefully we will see these plans executed in the near future.

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