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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08344: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it defines "an obvious error" by farmers in a single application form, and how many such errors were identified in 2016.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 11 May 2017

An obvious error is one of a purely clerical nature that is obvious to us during a simple examination of a customer’s Single Application Form (SAF). It could also be an error we find during our coherence checks which reveals a contradiction in the information provided on a SAF or supporting documentation. We are still processing SAF 2016 so figures are not yet available for the number of cases where obvious errors have been identified.

The consequences for a failure to supply the correct information when completing the Single Application Form can be severe, with restricted scope for the Scottish Government to address any deficiencies in the information supplied by customers through application of the obvious error provisions. This is why customers are strongly encouraged to check the guidance carefully before completing their application and check the acknowledgment letter they are sent to ensure that they have completed their application form correctly.