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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-10256
Asked by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 11 August 2022 Registered interest

Question

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the announcement by the UK Government on 19 July 2022 that it will issue around 50% of overall Basic Payment Scheme payments to farmers from July 2022, with the remaining 50% expected in December 2022, whether it will bring forward the initial payment date to August 2022, and if this is not the case, what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

Current status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 19 August 2022


Answer

The Scottish Government has already been taking action to improve business cash flow and annual farm payment dates are to be brought forward to September. Subject to the approval of the Scottish Parliament, farmers and crofters will receive their advance payment for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Greening around a month earlier than originally planned, and we remain committed to delivering over 70% of payments by the end of December and over 95.24% of payments by the end of February 2023.