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Rural Payments Agency

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL4235, tabled on 19 December 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the performance of the Rural Payments Agency over the last 12 months.

Answered on

9 January 2017

The Rural Payments Agency’s performance in delivering 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments has improved considerably compared with 2015. A record proportion of 2016 BPS applications, over 80 per cent, were received online which has enabled quicker processing of claims.

By 31 December the Rural Payments Agency had paid 91.2%, or over 78,300, claims for 2016 BPS. The payments, worth just over £1.4 billion, include a range of 2016 BPS claim types and sizes, including claimants under the young farmer scheme, those inspected and farmers with common land.