Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has urged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to take clear action on the crisis surrounding farming payments.
The Scottish Government met with stakeholders yesterday and announced that less favoured area support scheme (LFASS) payments would be made based on 2014 claims, bypassing the IT system that has caused many of the delays this year.
Commenting on the announcement, Tavish Scott said:
“The Scottish Government’s decision to bypass their worthless computer system to deliver LFASS payments will help some parts of our rural economy. But this is an admission of failure – Ministers have spent £178 million a system that simply does not work.
“Farmers and crofters in Shetland and across Scotland who are due beef and ewe hogg payments will be shocked that there has been absolutely no movement whatsoever to create a system through which they will receive those vital funds. The Rural Affairs Secretary hasn’t learnt anything from his handling of this mess and it’s time for the First Minister to step in.”