Tavish slams Government over penalty threats for return mistakes

Tavish Scott MSP has joined NFU Scotland in slamming the Scottish Government’s latest correspondence with those applying to Scotland’s new CAP schemes as unacceptable.

With just days to go until the SAF deadline of 15 June, a poorly worded email from Scottish Government informed applicants that the full burden of responsibility on greening compliance lay with them and outlined the threat of penalties if non-compliance was identified.

For the 12,000 farmers who have already successfully completed their SAF application online – including verification that the application meets greening requirements – the email has sparked confusion and consternation. Without clarification, many applicants will now feel obliged to go back into the system to re-check claims, running the risk of overloading the fragile and flawed online system as the deadline approaches. NFU Scotland has called for Scottish Government to apologise for the confusion caused and provide clarification within the next 24 hours.

Tavish Scott said:

“I am appalled at the Scottish Government. Their own £160 million computer system has been a nightmare for farmers and crofters to use. Now they threaten every agricultural business in Scotland with draconian penalties. No wonder I and many MSPs representing farmers and crofters have had people getting in touch on this. I expect the Scottish Agriculture Minister to get this sorted out immediately and remove this threat.”

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