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Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) payments: FOI release

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

Published:
21 Jul 2021
Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) payments: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100217252
Date received: 24 Jun 2021
Date responded: 20 Jul 2021
Information requested

Under Freedom of Information can you please advise how much acreage is covered with the LFASS payments, the total paid out in the past 20 years (breakdown by year if possible), also can you please advise if Scottish environment link members are in receipt of these payments and the acreage that is paid for and how much has been paid.

Response

The table below details, by scheme year, the eligible area paid for under Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) and total amount paid for the last 20 years. The first LFASS started in 2001.
 

 

LFAS scheme year

Total eligible area processed for

payment (ha)

 

Total paid for scheme year (£)

2020*

2,866,787.94

28,852,616.93

2019*

2,893,567.09

48,734,746.24

2018

2,920,698.19

63,509,303.32

2017

2,957,907.48

64,146,290.79

2016

2,958,527.09

64,737,227.07

2015

2,972,085.64

64,194,645.42

2014

2,993,420.44

64,729,334.98

2013

3,019,578.79

65,239,350.14

2012

3,041,131.80

65,344,652.30

2011

3,142,360.01

66,148,923.18

2010

3,183,991.37

62,759,907.35

2009

3,317,842.30

61,969,765.59

2008

3,405,049.31

59,058,288.82

2007

3,244,779.44

59,235,975.80

 

2006

 

3,399,516.68

99,853,505.71

(includes 39,504,082.73 supplement)

2005

3,422,761.07

60,937,282.04

2004

3,422,202.24

60,704,251.02

2003

3,410,451.49

62,830,419.67

2002

2,543,942.26

63,750,415.27

2001

2,647,158.79

58,908,758.24

 

 

 

Total

61,763,759.42

1,145,792,154.17

 

 

 

 

*2019 and 2020 payment rates reduced to 80% and 40% respectively due to changes in underpinning EC regulation.

Three members of Scottish Environment Link (referencing the membership list on the Scottish Environment Link website) are in receipt of LFASS payments, these are:

  • The National Trust
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • The Woodland Trust

The tables below detail, by scheme year, the eligible area paid for under LFASS and total amount paid for the last 20 years for each member.

The National Trust

LFAS Scheme year

Payment (£)

Eligible Area (ha)

2020

6,990.87

1,086.49

2019

13,437.72

1,076.50

2018

17,320.93

1,076.78

2017

17,318.79

1,076.65

2016

17,309.51

1,076.09

2015

17,277.40

1,078.75

2014

17,401.55

1,081.77

2013

17,462.20

1,085.56

2012

25,172.28

1,564.89

2011

25,190.83

1,566.04

2010

19,903.80

1,649.80

2009

30,212.42

2,310.31

2008

28,865.66

2,484.89

2007

29,002.15

2,488.23

 

2006

41,418.14

(Includes 16,403.33 supplement)

 

2,360.74

2005

19,107.38

1,803.26

2004

18,968.26

1,790.10

2003

18,070.12

1,801.15

2002

17,328.16

1,794.02

2001

34,837.94

3,423.07

Total

432,596.11

33,675.09

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

LFAS Scheme year

Payment (£)

Eligible Area (ha)

2020

36043.91

3,032.36

2019

70362.98

2,933.10

2018

87702.56

2,928.34

2017

87398.05

2,932.71

2016

87770.1

3,008.73

2015

87579.84

2,951.87

2014

86350.6

2,882.59

2013

86527.55

2,889.02

2012

86527.55

2,889.02

2011

83269.17

2,758.73

2010

85783.55

2,813.72

2009

78690.72

2,565.69

2008

72751.13

2,859.93

2007

76517.93

3,102.32

2006

70,638.15

2,991.18

2005

105,167.63

(Includes 41,650.65 supplement)

 

 

2,902.78

2004

44,818.78

2,164.25

2003

29,104.73

1,092.27

2002

39,638.82

1,573.51

2001

37,613.13

1,674.91

TOTAL

32,544.50

2,046.54

The Woodland Trust
 

LFAS Scheme year

Payment (£)

Eligible Area (ha)

2020

11,899.17

3,178.86

2019

23,797.85

3,193.31

2018

21,467.25

3,193.31

2017

24,311.31

3,134.69

2016

24,343.50

3,134.73

2015

25,872.39

3,158.57

2014

33,736.04

3,489

2013

32,564.53

3,360.95

2012

29,889.77

3,068.49

2011

29,912.72

3,069.73

2010

16,258.16

3,069.73

2009

28,251.60

3,093.74

2008

28,708.87

3,111.65

2007

28,708.87

3,111.65

 

 

2006

43,768.77

(Includes 17,332.62 supplement)

 

 

2,947.01

2005

25,384.32

2,887.01

2004

25,384.32

2,887.01

2003

23,597.38

2,867.69

2002

30,281.55

2,868.09

2001

35,909.44

3,044.80

Total

500,279.04

61,870.02

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