After more than a year and a half as Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, I was pleased this week to receive my very first piece of correspondence from Byron Davies MP on behalf of farmers in Gower, as described in his press release published in the South Wales Evening Post on March 9th (p17).
Mr Davies' article sadly showed his ignorance about the payment of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) subsidies, and the rules surrounding the scheme.
There are no late payments. The payment window closes on 31st June 2016.
Despite this, I have already ensured that more than 90% of Welsh farmers have received their part-payment. This performance is GB-leading, and the Labour Welsh Government has consistently out-performed his own Conservative Government in Westminster on this matter. We are working hard to make remaining payments, although some cross-border cases are delayed because we are waiting for data from the Government in England.
Deputy Minister for Farming and Food