The CLA has responded to the data released by the Rural Payments Agency showing that around 84,000 businesses made an application ahead of the 15 June deadline for the Basic Payment Scheme 2015 in England.
CLA President Henry Robinson said: “Despite the uncertainties created by the failures of the online system and the late changes to the application process, the submission data shows that industry has responded well. We are grateful to the staff of the RPA who we know have worked extremely hard to manage this process, and to all the CLA advisers and industry professionals that have played their part. By meeting the deadline, around 84,000 claimants have given themselves the best chance of receiving their payment in full and on time.
“We are encouraging any business that missed the deadline but still wish to claim to act now – for every day late beyond 15 June that a claim is submitted, the claimant will see a 1% penalty reduction of their payment, and after 10 July they will have missed out completely.
“This deadline is just a staging post in a long running process and the key now is to ensure payments are made to businesses in full and on time. We continue to meet regularly with Defra and the RPA. We also will start now discussing where lessons can be learnt from this year to make the process better next year.”