Tavish last week challenged First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to ensure staff dealing with the failed £180 million IT system for farm payments are better supported ahead of the deadline for 2017 applications.
The Scottish Government has had a poor track record on getting funding out to crofters and farmers, with some still waiting for their 2016 payments. Many applications are being dealt with manually, creating delays and uncertainty about when payments will be made.
Commenting after First Minister’s Questions, Tavish said:
“The £180 million computer system has been an utter failure. We have known that for a while but now, it is clear this is having a real impact on officials in local offices.
“The Scottish Government needs to ensure that we don’t see yet another series of delayed payments. Farmers and crofters across the country rely on this money, and it should not be jeopardised by SNP negligence.
“I will be pursing this matter with the Crofting Minister further to make it clear that further delays are unacceptable.”