Government guarantees £115m agri-environment scheme payouts

Farmers, foresters and land managers who have taken part in the government’s agri-environmental schemes have been promised that all late payments will be made in full by the end of July – some of whom have been waiting to be paid since 2015.

The Treasury will pay all those who have taken part in the environmental stewardship and countryside stewardship agreements, while it claims the costs back from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget.

The Rural Payments Agency, which took over management of the Countryside Stewardship scheme from Natural England last year, said there were around 22,600 outstanding payments worth roughly £115m.

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