NE Parliamentarians Welcome Delivery of £½Bn Farming Support Ahead of Schedule

NE Parliamentarians Welcome Delivery of £½Bn Farming Support Ahead of Schedule

Published date : 19 July, 2021

Gordon MP Richard Thomson and Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin have welcomed the news that over half a billion pounds of support for Scottish farmers and crofters has been delivered by the Scottish Government ahead of schedule. 


Over £530million in support has been paid out by the end of June with a total of 99.5% of the Basic Payment Scheme, Greening and Young Farmer funds having been paid out, with the 95.24% target having been met in February, some four months earlier than last year. 


Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said: 


“With the ongoing ramifications of the Tories’ Brexit, the current Coronavirus situation, and the UK Government’s seemingly endless determination to allow sub-standard imports in their quest for any kind of trade deal, it’s an uncertain time for farmers. 


“The Scottish Government is working hard to protect the interests of our farmers and producers so getting this support out as soon as possible and ahead of schedule is extremely welcome.” 


Gillian Martin MSP added: 


“The impact of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic has been acutely felt by the farming sector and has created many challenges as a result. 


“Despite the huge additional pressures caused by the coronavirus, the Scottish Government has worked hard to ensure there has been an improved delivery service of payments. 


“By streamlining this process, farmers will be able to benefit more speedily, ensuring more certainty for the industry at an incredibly challenging time and I welcome these improvements which I have no doubt will continue to improve further with the collaboration of the industry, the Scottish Government and key stakeholders.” 

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