I propose to take Questions Nos. 685 and 686 together.
Please find below tables for each Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme year from 2015 - 2020 showing the following information:
Scheme Years 2015 - 2019: Total number of eligible applications, total number of applications paid, total amount paid per county and the value of the average payment received by individuals in that county.
Scheme Year 2020: Total number of eligible applications. Payments under the ANC scheme do not commence until Quarter 3 2020 and therefore additional data for 2020 is not currently available.
Eligible applications are applications to the scheme that hold land eligible for payment under the scheme. Eligible applications may not qualify for payment in all cases where they do not meet other scheme criteria, such as not meeting the required stocking levels and retention periods.
Payments across scheme years continue as applications become eligible for payment. CAP Payments to individuals are available on the CAP Beneficiaries database which is available on the Department's website.