Farmers receiving Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidy: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/02030
Date received: 30 July 2018
Date responded: 5 September 2018
Information requested
  1. The number and percentage of farmers who have received their CAP subsidy since 2013 (broken down by year).
  2. The same information but broken down into farmers in Ayrshire and the West Scotland Region.

You confirmed the following clarifications:
By number of famers we understand number of discreet businesses. By percentage, we understand the percentage paid to date compared to the number of valid applications received. "Valid" means applications that haven't been abandoned, left in draft, or withdrawn.

By CAP subsidy we understand Single Farm Payment Scheme/Basic Payment Scheme payment only.

By Ayrshire we understand the three Ayrshire local authority areas.

By "West Scotland region" we understand the West Scotland Parliamentary region.

I enclose a copy of most of the information you requested. However, for technical reasons,
we have had difficulty providing the information in the form you have requested.
There are around 18,000 eligible applications each year across Scotland.
For the years 2013-15, 100% of eligible applications have been paid.
For 2016, only 1 business is awaiting payment (in the North East Scotland region).
For 2017, there are currently around 340 businesses with applications known to be eligible for payment who have not yet been paid. 13 of those businesses are in the West of Scotland region. However, the current processing year figures are subject to fluctuation as applications are investigated and found to be either eligible or ineligible.
You’ll be aware that under EU rules, only claims which have been fully checked and validated can be paid. For certain customers, with more complex situations such as claims that have been made on historic land parcels or entitlements or for cross-border businesses, it will take longer to process their payments. Some customers who are subject to inspections that have shown a breach of scheme rules, may also have to rectify these before payments can be made. We will continue to make progress with processing these outstanding claims. The current figure, at around 0.06%, is fairly typical for this time in the payment year.
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