Sheep farmers still waiting for BPS funds

Sheep farmers are still waiting for Basic Payment Scheme cash.
Sheep farmers are still waiting for Basic Payment Scheme cash.

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has voiced its disappointment that the sheep sector in England, which has already been disproportionately affected by the late arrival of money under the Basic Payment Scheme, is being hit again by ‘inflexibility at the Rural Payment Agency’.

Phil Stocker, NSA chief executive, said: “Claimants at the back of BPS queue are those with common land, those that received inspections and those affected by cross compliance penalties. Given the nature of sheep farming and the continuing impossibility of meeting 100% sheep EID requirements, we believe a disproportionate number of businesses still waiting for money are those that run sheep.”