Date lodged: 18 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what compensation, other than a loan, is available to farmers who have yet to receive the residue that they are owed from the Basic Payments Scheme in 2016.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 6 September 2017
Over 99% of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2016 claims have now been paid. BPS 2016 loans were offered to all who were eligible and loans valued at £271.8 million were provided. There is no direct compensation available to farmers who have yet to receive the residue that they are due in respect of BPS 2016, but case by case consideration can be given to possible support for businesses that can demonstrate hardship.