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S5W-22762: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether the IT system for administering the Basic Payments Scheme is functioning to the required standard, and whether a loan scheme will be required to deliver payments for 2019-20.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 7 May 2019

The Scottish Government’s CAP IT system is functioning effectively and dealing with many thousands of Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 applications and payments each year, demonstrating stability in our processes. The Single Application Form (SAF) application window for 2019 opened on 15 March as planned and the system is performing to a high level of availability for customers. Last year, we saw a 10% increase in the number of customers using the system to submit online applications.

We are on track to deliver 2018 scheme year payments across CAP schemes in line with the payment schedule published in December, including meeting the regulatory target to make Pillar 1 payments by the end of June 2019, as we did last year.

We have used loan schemes over the last few years to guarantee certainty to farmers and crofters over when they will receive their payments. For scheme year 2019 we will keep the situation under review, especially in consideration of the uncertainty caused by EU Exit process.