CLA President comments on National Audit Office report on CAP delivery

01 December 2015

CLA President Ross Murray has commented on the National Audit Office’s Early Review of the Common Agricultural Policy Delivery Programme, published today: https://www.nao.org.uk/report/early-review-of-the-common-agricultural-policy-delivery-programme/

CLA President Ross Murray said: “The National Audit Office report today confirms concerns we raised earlier this year over the delivery of vital payments to farmers. The short term increase in costs due to the implementation of contingency plans is regrettable but no surprise. The technology failed, short and simple. It was necessary for the Rural Payments Agency to go manual to make sure farmers were paid this year. We will continue to work with Defra and the Rural Payments Agency to build on the National Audit Office’s recommendations for creating a cost efficient, accessible and user friendly system for payments. We also need the rural broadband roll-out.”