Farming News - CLA calls on Treasury to make BPS bridging payments in January annual feature

CLA calls on Treasury to make BPS bridging payments in January annual feature

13 Nov 2018
Frontdesk / Finance

The CLA has written to the Treasury calling for bridging payments to farmers to be made a planned annual feature in January for the remainder of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

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The Government has funded bridging payments in each of the last two years during April which the CLA says make a “positive difference to affected businesses”.

CLA President Tim Breitmeyer asks Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, to make funds available to allow a bridging payment of 75% by the end of January 2019 to farmers who do not receive their full BPS 2018 payment during December.

He writes: “For those farmers who do not receive payments next month, knowing at this stage that a bridging payment will be forthcoming within the next few weeks will help them to plan ahead and provide much needed reassurance.”

He adds that the problems with BPS payments are compounded by the difficulties farmers also face with delays to agri-environment scheme payments, putting pressure on the business and causing significant stress and worry. Suggesting a solution to the problem, Mr Breitmeyer says the Treasury should “consider making January bridging payments a planned feature of the administrative process for the remainder of the BPS for farmers.”

He writes: “We would very much welcome an end to the annual cycle of uncertainty on this issue and I expect those involved in the administration would also.” 

Click here to read the letter to the Treasury in full