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Nearly half of UK farmers received BPS payments

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Staff writer ▼ | December 28, 2015
Nearly half of all farmers claiming Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments this year have received their money ahead of Christmas, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) said.
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More than 42,000 farmers out of a total 87,095 claimants have received fully validated BPS payments, representing over 48 percent of all eligible claims. It means the agency remains on track to meet its commitment to pay more than half of eligible claimants before the end of December.

The RPA has also paid out over 95 percent of EU support payments to eligible UK dairy farmers. The UK government secured £26.6million from the European Commission in September to help ease the pressure of volatility and low milk prices – the third-largest share of all the Member States.

To date, over 12,500 farmers have received a share of the £25.4million paid out so far.

Small, medium and large sized enterprises across England, and in all sectors of the industry, have received BPS payments ranging from under £500 to £150,000.

The RPA remains on track to make the vast majority of 2015 BPS payments by the end of January.

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