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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.”


Bill Cash demands Secretary of State explain data showing low dairy farm returns

Press release 11/08/09       

 
Following a meeting in Slindon with dairy farmers from across Staffordhire, local MP, Bill Cash, has written to the Secretary of State for Agriculture, Hilary Benn, providing specific supply margin data which demonstrates the real challenges created for dairy producers. It clearly demonstrates how static farm returns do not match increasing costs of production, whilst over the same period retail margins have increasingly risen.
 
Bill Cash said “The impact is far reaching across the Staffordshire rural economy and is increasingly unsustainable for many businesses.
 
“I have also asked the Secretary of State for his position on a proposed retail Ombudsman.”





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