Agricultural Subsidy Payment Information

CAP Payments to agricultural and rural businesses operating in Scotland

Commission Regulation (EC) No 259/2008 as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 410/2011. requires Member States to annually publish on a CAP Payments website, payments made to certain businesses that receive Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support.  CAP payments include the Single Farm Payment Scheme (SFPS), the Scottish Beef Scheme (SBS) and all Rural Development schemes including Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS).  The Scottish Government has consistently supported the provision of information relating to payments under the CAP.

However, following a European Court of Justice ruling in 2010 the amended legislation limits which businesses can now be named on the CAP Payments website to only those deemed ‘Legal Persons’.  Those businesses which submitted a Single Application Form in 2012 were asked (at Section 2) to declare their business status. This information was then used to by the Scottish Government to determine if the business was classed as a ‘Legal Person’.  If it was, then payments made to that business are now published on the CAP Payments website.

Definitions of ‘Legal Persons’ include:

  • Registered companies (i.e. private companies limited by shares or by guarantee, private unlimited companies and public limited companies)
  • Other corporations (e.g. bodies incorporated by statute or Royal Charter)
  • Partnerships with separate legal personality (i.e. Limited Liability Partnerships and partnerships under Scots law)
  • Trusts/trustees
  • Groups/associations of legal persons (e.g. a joint venture) with separate legal personality.

As in previous years however, personal information relating to ‘Natural Persons’ (i.e. sole traders and partnerships/other groups without separate legal personality) has not been published in full. However to highlight the Scottish Government’s continuing commitment to transparency in the use of public funds, it is possible to download anonymised data relating to payments made to ‘Natural Persons’.  Any questions you may have on these payments should be sent to RPID's Payment Enquiries mailbox.  

The CAP Payments website is operated by Defra and features payment and customer details provided by the Scottish Government.  Information about UK CAP payments made to ‘Legal Persons’ between 16 October 2010 and 15 October 2012 under all CAP schemes is now available on the website.  This year, the 2012 payment details of 2698 (around 12.2%) ‘Legal Person’ businesses based in Scotland are published.  The 2012 payments published amount to £127,598,764 (17.9%) of the total value of all payments made in Scotland.

2012 CAP Payment Summary


You may also be interested in the following summary of payments made for the listed Schemes to agricultural and rural businesses operating in Scotland.  These figures are accurate at 30 April 2013.  Note that SBS & LFASS payments were ongoing at this date, so the final figure may increase.




Scheme Year


Amount paid (£ or Euros converted to £)


Number  of Producers

Single Farm Payment Scheme


£  444,834,847


Scottish Beef Scheme


£  21,918,281


Less Favoured Area Support Scheme


£  66, 533,651



For further information about these schemes and others that we administer, please go to the Grants, Subsidies and Services  area of our website.