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Single Payment Scheme

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

Following successful trial runs earlier this month, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has now begun to make full payments under the 2008 Single Payment Scheme (SPS). As at 16 December, just over £700 million had been paid to around 21,000 claimants and the RPA is planning to make further payment runs before Christmas.

This represents a good start towards the RPA meeting its targets of making 75 per cent. of SPS 2008 payments, by value, by the end of January 2009 and 90 per cent. by the end of March 2009.