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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19232: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made to deliver a BPS loan scheme in 2018.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 5 October 2018

Today, over £241 million will arrive in the bank accounts of 10,684 farmers and crofters all over Scotland through the 2018 BPS loan scheme. This is before the CAP payment window opens and is the earliest we have made funding available. We are paying loans three weeks earlier than we started last year.

Significantly, the Scottish Government will be the first administration in the UK to start making payments this year. We are paying 90% loans from 5 October. Northern Ireland is offering 70% advance payments from 16 October, and Wales isn’t paying until December.

We have made 15,367 loan offers worth over £298 million.

We are committed to ensuring that all eligible farmers and crofters receive an offer of a loan by the end of October.

Some farmers and crofters are yet to respond to the letter offering them a loan. We will continue to encourage them to do so.