The Common Agricultural Policy (Direct Payments etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 (SSI No 58 / 2015) implements a new direct payments system for farmers replacing the Single Farm Payment Scheme (SFPS) in 2015.
The decisions now being implemented emerged after a public consultation exercise that ran from 17 December 2013 to 28 March 2014. The Scottish Government made strenuous efforts to engage with a wide range of potentially interested individuals and groups. For example, all 22,000 farmers etc registered with the Rural Payments & Inspections Division were contacted by letter and invited to contribute to the consultation.
Respondents to the consultation did not raise any potential disadvantages to persons with protected characteristics (as defined in section 4 of the Equality Act 2010). Neither were any significant issues raised as a result of the EQIA carried-out and the process did not identify any persons being affected less favourably due to any of the protected characteristics.