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