Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (254)

John Brassil


254. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for delays in GLAS 2 payments (details supplied) being issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4778/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

GLAS payments cannot issue until all regulatory requirements are met. Each GLAS payment claim must be put through a suite of checks for each action and where any individual check fails the issues must be investigated and resolved before being cleared for payment.

2017 advance payments commenced on schedule in November 2017 and to date the Department has issued advance payments to 41,676 farmers totalling €149m. This represents over 90% of all eligible farmers.  GLAS pay-runs are continuing on a weekly basis with further payments scheduled to issue this week as cases are cleared for payment.

In addition to the checks outlined above, in approximately 3,000 of the outstanding cases, applicants remain ineligible for payment until they complete the steps they must take before the Department can process their payment. The general issues preventing payments taking place include the non-submission of nutrient management plans, commonage management plans, low emission slurry spreading forms, rare breeds forms and 2017 BPS application issues that remain to be resolved.