A total of 4200 claimants are still waiting for the Rural Payments Agency to pay some or all of their 2005 single farm payment.

 

The figures were provided by interim RPA chief executive Tony Cooper as he gave evidence to the environment, food and rural affairs select committee on Monday evening (27 November).

 

Mr Cooper said that there were 41 “priority one” claimants still waiting to be paid – these being people who have claims worth more than £680 (€1000).

 

In addition there were 1700 small claimants – known by the industry as pony paddock claimants – who were yet to receive a penny.

 

A further 2500 farmers were waiting for a top-up payment having previously been paid a partial payment, he said.

 

To watch the evidence session run by the EFRA committee.

 

Single Farm Payment Scheme special report