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95% of farmers in England received BPS payments

Staff Writer |
Over 3,000 farmers and growers are still in the dark over 2017 BPS payments, as the NFU continues its call for improved communications and efficiency from the RPA.

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Analysis by the NFU of new RPA figures revealed that more than 3,000 farmers are left waiting for their BPS payment, despite over 95% of farmers in England receiving their payment.

Unpaid farmers and growers still do not know the status of their 2017 claims ahead of completing forms for BPS 2018, which opens next week for online applications.

The lack of payment and communication to these farmers is causing ongoing cash flow pressures and leaves them unable to plan properly.

As of 28 February 2018, BPS 2017 payments worth £1.59 billion have been made to 81,000 (95.5%) farmers in England.

As of 26 January 2018 the RPA had paid more than 79,000 or 93% of farmers more than £1.50 billion.