CLA statement on the Rural Payment Agency's 2016 Basic Payment Scheme update

13 December 2016

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has today released an update on 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments, announcing that some 68% of eligible farmers in England have now received their 2016 BPS money.

CLA Deputy President Tim Breitmeyer said: “The RPA’s single-minded focus on meeting its 90% paid by the end of December target for 2016 BPS payments will be of little comfort to the many hundreds of farmers still left with incomplete or unclear settlements from the 2015 payment round.

“We will not allow these outstanding problems to be ignored and will continue to demand that all outstanding 2015 claims are settled immediately and, at the same time, expedite the payment of their 2016 claims. Behind each unpaid claim is a story of significant pressure and unnecessary hardship and we will not allow the RPA and Defra to forget them.”