Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (706)

Robert Troy


706. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a sheep welfare payment on appeal will be awarded to a person (details supplied). [31023/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application was received under the 2017 Sheep Welfare scheme from the person named on 20 January 2017 and he has been paid in full for 2017.   Under the terms and conditions of the scheme, applicants who wished to continue in the scheme for 2018 were required to complete and return a Sheep Welfare Scheme continuance sheet prior to a closing date of 2nd February 2018.  In this case, no continuation sheet was received in respect of the 2018 scheme year.

The person named contacted the Department on 15 January 2019 seeking a review of his case. He was advised to provide proof of postage for the Sheep Welfare continuance sheet in order to clarify the position.

Following this correspondence, the person named informed officials that he did not have proof of postage in this case.  Accordingly, he was advised of his right to have this case further reviewed by the independent Agricultural Appeals Office.   Following this review by the Appeals Office, the Department's decision with respect to the individuals participation in the 2018 Scheme was upheld and the person named was informed that no payment would issue in respect of the 2018 Sheep Welfare Scheme.

However, the Agriculture Appeals Office have determined that where the herdowner can provide proof that the actions under the 2018 Sheep Welfare Scheme were carried out, the person named can continue in the Sheep Welfare Scheme for the next two years.  Department officials have requested the necessary documentation from the person named and, upon receipt of same, the applicant will be included for participation in the 2019 Scheme.