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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01992: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 17 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government on what date Scottish agriculture producers will receive a communication detailing their final 2015 Basic Payment Scheme details including eligible field parcels, and whether there will be an appeal mechanism available to producers on the contents of this letter and the length of that appeal period.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 14 September 2016

All Scottish BPS claimants will be sent a letter with the details of the BPS payment they have received. BPS claimants who have incurred penalties will also receive a reductions and exclusions letter detailing the ineligible areas they claimed and the penalty calculation. Any penalty that has been incurred can be appealed under RPID’s EU Rural Payments Appeals procedure. To do this the claimant must submit a written request to RPID which must be received by them within 60 days from the date of the reductions and exclusions letter.

The Scottish Government issued letters to all Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claimants in Scotland detailing their initial allocation of BPS entitlements. All claimants can view their definitive BPS entitlements by Payment Region on the Rural Payments and Inspections Division (RPID), Rural Payments and Services website. For those who are not registered with the Rural Payments and Services online, arrangements can be made to book an appointment at the local Area office to assist with the registration and login process.