Mike Rumbles MSP has today written to the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, calling for a full Scottish Government inquiry into the economic impact for rural communities caused by three years of delayed Common Agricultural farm payments.
The North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson noted ‘substantial levels of concern and instability in the industry’ and the extra cost to Scottish taxpayers since 2015, following the failure of the Scottish Government’s £178 million IT system, designed to deliver farm payments.
Mr Rumbles said:
“The Scottish Government’s embarrassing shambles over farm payments has been rolling on for the past three years and we still do not know the full extent of the damage to our rural economy.
“Millions of pounds of support payments have been delayed every year since 2015. The impact of that has been felt by local suppliers, shops and services across our rural economy, as well as by farm businesses.
“I want to see a thorough and meaningful assessment carried out by the Scottish Government. Businesses and communities that have been affected deserve to know the full extent of the economic damage and the additional cost to the taxpayer.”