RPA's Partial Subsidy Will Be 'A Start'

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RPA's Partial Subsidy Will Be 'A Start'


Farmers yet to receive their 2006 Single Payment Scheme money will soon get a partial payment after the Rural Payments Agency announced it had completed a successful live test.

A total of 100 farmers received a partial payment under the test, which totalled pounds 1.67m, and the RPA will now start making partial payments, worth 50pc or more of the value of the total claim, to all other customers who have yet to receive their subsidy and are owed over pounds 1,000.

A spokesman for the RPA said: "Full payments are being suspended while partial payments are processed. A total of 40,818 customers have now received a payment, including the 100 partial payments."

Latest figures released at the end of last week show that a total of 40,597 full SPS payments have now been made. This represents 37.24% of the estimated total eligible SPS claimant population of 109,000. The value of SPS 2006 payments made totals pounds 284.86m, 17.8% of the estimated total fund of pounds 1.6bn.

Louis Fell, of George F White in Alnwick, said that the arrival of partial payments was good news for farmers.

He said: "I am delighted that eventually RPA is delivering on its promises. This money is much needed by farmers and will ease the cash-flow pressures before the spring rush. …

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