The Rural Payments Agency has said that 238 farmers in England are still waiting for a full single farm payment and another 11,202 are waiting for a top-up to their partial payment.

Latest figures issued by the RPA on Wednesday (16 August) show that the agency is making slow progress in clearing its payment backlog.

The EU deadline for payment (30 June) may have passed more than six weeks ago, but there remains about £40m outstanding.

An agency spokesman said that £1.471bn had been paid to producers which equated to 97.12% of the total fund.

But there were 5203 claimants who had received no payment at all so far and of this group 238 had claims worth more than €1000.

Of the 238, there was a sub-set of 69 which were “complex cases”, he added.

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Single Farm Payment Scheme special report