Although I am disappointed with the performance of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) this year, it is welcome news that 84% of eligible claims have now been made.
The RPA is beginning to move in the right direction. Following Mark Grimshaw's appearance in front of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee, which I chair, the RPA have announced that over 72,700 farmers (almost 84% of all eligible claims) have now received their 2015 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments. This brings the total paid out for the 2015 scheme to £1.15 billion.
The full statement from the RPA regarding the BPS was published on March 18th and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/2015-basic-payment-scheme-update .
In addition to this update, it is welcome that the application for the 2016 BPS is now available online and can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/full-online-application-process-now-available-for-2016-bps .