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Agricultural Subsidy Payment Information

2015 and 2016 CAP Payments to agricultural, forestry and rural businesses operating in Scotland

The Scottish Government remains committed to transparency in the use of public funds, including the publication of details on payments made to Scottish beneficiaries (businesses) under the  Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  This also ensures compliance with EU Regulation No. 1306/2013 and Commission Regulation No. 908/2014 which require EU Member States to publish details of recipients of CAP subsidy payments on a single Member State (UK) website.    

On the UK website you will find details of amounts received by Scottish beneficiaries under the CAP during the EU financial years of 16 October 2014 to 15 October 2015 and 16 October 2015 to 15 October 2016.  Please note that as these figures relate only to payments made up to 15 October 2016, as in previous years no figures are available for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme. Please also note that these figures do not include any of the Loan Schemes that we have operated in the last 2 years.

The total amount received by each beneficiary is shown under the 2 headings: Direct Aid schemes (i.e. BPS, Greening, Young Farmer and Voluntary Coupled Support) and Rural Development (SRDP) schemes. Detailed guidance on how best to use the available Search options is on the UK website. Once you have conducted a search, clicking on the Details part at the right hand side of a beneficiary’s name will show how much that business was paid under each scheme (e.g. BPS, VCS, LFASS, RP, LMO).

As required by the above EC Regulations, the trading (business) names of beneficiaries who received less than the equivalent of €1,250 (£972 in 2015; £914 in 2016) in subsidy during either the 2015 or 2016 EU year, will not be displayed. This category of business will only show details of the amounts paid and the name of the nearest town or relevant island. In 2015, from 21,460 beneficiaries, 2810 (13.1%) were under the €972 threshold for anonymity and so publication of their details is limited. For 2016, the corresponding figures are 19,674,  2327  (11.83%).

In 2016, 19,674 different Scottish rural businesses received a CAP payment from EC funds.  Of these, 18,435 businesses received £405.51 Million for Pillar 1 payments (BPS, Greening, Young Farmer and Voluntary Coupled Support).  £242.3 Million (EC + National money) was paid out on Pillar 2 (SRDP) schemes to 7537 Scottish businesses – some of whom also received Pillar 1 payments.  No Scottish business received any payment under the Market (Intervention) schemes.

If after viewing payments you have any query relating to a Scottish business and the Q&A section there doesn’t help you, please send your query to rpidpaymentenquiries@scotland.gsi.gov.uk and we shall respond within 3 working days.