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Bill Cash endorses Ombudsman report over botched payments scheme for local farmers

 Press release 18/12/09

 
In response to the publication of the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s report on the administration of the 2005 Single Payment Scheme by the Rural Payments Agency, Bill Cash MP said:
 
“I have made many representations on behalf of local farmers over their payments through the Agency which falls under the control of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and it is clear to see that it has become a failure.
 
“Farmers in England receive about £1.6billion a year in subsidies from the Single Payment Scheme. However, the report makes clear that the Rural Payments Agency continued to tell farmers that it would keep to a payment timetable when it was clear it could not have made the payments and consequently, farmers suffered.
 
“I endorse their view that an appropriate remedy should be found where an injustice such as this one has been suffered as the consequence of maladministration by a public body.
 
“I would only add that the wholescale and proper reform of our governance arrangements in agriculture would depend on whether Britain is prepared takes back the powers it has handed over to the European Union on all vital agricultural matters, which should have always remained local, not supranational.”

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