Emergency overtime and temporary staff, responsible for patching-up the SNP’s botched CAP payment system, has cost Scottish taxpayers over £1 million.
In a letter to members of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee today, the Cabinet Secretary admitted that the fiasco had cost the government £780,000 to take on 72 additional staff – 32 of whom will soon be dismissed – and up to £348,000 in staff overtime.
Scottish Liberal Democrats North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:
“That is £1 million that would have been better spent supporting our farming sector, but in cash terms it is a drop in the ocean compared to how much the SNP’s bungled IT system has cost our rural economy.
“The £178 million programme still isn’t fixed and it looks like issues with the system will run well into next year’s payments. Meanwhile, our farm businesses, suppliers and rural communities have been forced to deal with a year of chaos and uncertainty, the responsibility of which rests firmly at the feet of this inept government.
“It comes as no surprise that the Minister acts oblivious to these issues, he has been walking around like a headless chicken all year trying to cover up the Scottish Government’s mismanagement of CAP payments. Now he has brushed off their utter failure to get to grips with the issue, describing it as ‘further development’. Not good enough.”