Responses to the Scottish Government consultation on CAP Direct Payments show general support for a large number of the Scottish Government (SG) proposals. However, there are a number of exceptions to this general support, most notably on;
• The RGR region rate; SG proposed a rate of €25 /ha but the responses indicate a large support for a higher rate for the RGR region.
• SG proposed that the move to an area based rate should be completed within the 2015 -2020 CAP programme but the responses indicate strongest support for a move on day one (2015).
• Greening measure, Ecological Focus Area (EFA) option to allow use of landscape features. SG noted practical difficulties in mapping these but responses indicated strong support for the inclusion of these features.
There are a number of emerging themes from the comments provided which go some way to explain these opinions. These add value to Scottish Government’s understanding and are considered alongside the statistical responses when developing CAP policy.