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3 June 2015

Stevenson Highlights North East Uptake for the Futures Programme

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, highlighted the high uptake of applications for the Scottish Government’s CAP Futures programme in the North-East at the Scottish Parliament today (Wednesday).

The Common Agricultural Policy Futures programme will receive applications for rural payments and services until 15 June 2015.

In response to Mr Stevenson’s question on the number of North-East applications to the programme, Environment Minister Aileen McLeod said:

“As of 2 June, the rural payments and inspections division has received 1842 single application forms from North-East businesses, which is 19 per cent of the total received. That is about half the total expected, with about two weeks of the application window remaining.”

She added:

“On funding, the latest analysis indicates that the North-East of Scotland will account for around €94 million of the direct payment budget, or £68 million at the current exchange rate, at the end of the transition period.

“That is the highest share of any of Scotland’s regions. For the agri-environment climate scheme, the region accounts for 19 per cent of applications that are currently in the system. That is the highest total after the south-east of Scotland at 20 per cent.”

The Scottish Government is working at implementing the complex common agricultural policy. As of today, 12,389 single application forms have been received with 7,675 received online through our new rural payments and services system. The government remain on track to receive the estimated 22,000 single application forms by the closing date of 15 June.
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