Tavish Scott today sought assurances from the Scottish Government about the reliability of future farm payments. Speaking in Parliament, Mr Scott highlighted the issues caused by the government’s new £180m computer system which resulted in delayed payments and a lack of information around individual entitlements.
Speaking afterwards, Mr Scott said:
“While it’s welcome to hear that the government want to learn lessons from the utter shambles it created with payments this year, this must translate into action.
“As we heard today, there are still instances of farmers and crofters who are waiting for a breakdown of their payment entitlements. That is simply not good enough.
“Moving forward, the government must make sure that all letters detail exactly which payments are being made. Crofters who believe they are not getting their full entitlement must be able to appeal decisions in a straightforward way.
“The Rural Economy Secretary is due to give another update in January. I will continue to press the government on the vital importance of making sure it sorts out this mess and provides crofters with the support they are eligible for.”