Scotland Rural Development Programme - Final Proposals
The Consultation on Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP 2014-2020) Stage Two: Final Proposals has been published on the Consultations page. A summary document is also available.
Common Agricultural Funding - Mini-Consultation
Scottish Government urgently seeks your views on whether to transfer money between different elements of Scotland's funding under the new EU Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020.
The deadline for responses to this mini-consultation is Monday, 16 December 2013.
Brian Pack review
The public e consultation – a key part of Brian Pack’s wider review of farming bureaucracy has now concluded. An interim report will be available on the Publications part of the Scottish Government website, on Friday 6 December 2013. The consultation period on the interim report will finish at the end of February 2014.
Common Agricultural Policy budget allocations
Vital support to continue in ‘gap’ year between rural programmes
Essential EU funding for farmers which was due to end in 2013 will continue for another year. Delays in Europe passing necessary legislation meant some streams of support faced a year-long gap until the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) can come into effect in 2015.
Direct (Pillar 1) payments to farmers worth approximately £0.5 billion will go ahead as normal and as much as possible of the £1.2 billion Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) will continue next year.
The main elements of the transition arrangements for 2014 are as follows:
- Pillar 1 of the CAP (direct payments to farmers) – the current system based on Single Farm Payments - will essentially remain in place for 2014, with the new system starting in 2015.
- The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme ,which provides support to farm business operating in remote and fragile areas, will continue in 2014 - with a 2015 payment date as normal.
- Agri-environment contracts (including organic agreements) that were due to expire on December 31, 2013 will be extended for another year.
- Forestry payments – Woodland creation and woodland management projects will be able to go ahead in 2014-15 under contracts being approved up to the end of this year.
- The main elements of the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grant Scheme (CCAGS) will continue under a state aid scheme although continued funding for drainage schemes will depend on the final transition regulations agreed by the European Commission.
- The Scottish Government is making a strong case for transition regulations to allow continued support for Scotland’s LEADER scheme, which has invested around £60 million to support rural communities, and the EU-funded £10 million Food and Drink scheme. A decision is expected from Europe shortly.
- There will be no new Land Managers Options (LMO) applications for 2014 as this type of non-competitive support will not be permitted under the new regulatory framework put in place by the European Commission. Instead, the Scottish Government is working on options to ensure the new SRDP in 2015 will provide effective and accessible support to farmers in Scotland.