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Commons farmers must not be left behind - Farron

January 4, 2017 11:54 AM

Tim Farron farmingSouth Lakeland MP Tim Farron has welcomed the news that 91% of the 2016 farm support payments have now been paid, but has warned that common land farmers must not be left until last to receive their money.

Over 78,000 farmers across the UK have now received their payments, totalling £1.4billion.

It is thought that around 60 farmers graze common land in South Lakeland.

Tim said: "Last year's farm payment scheme was a disaster for many farmers, so it is a relief to see that it is working better this year and that farmers are receiving the cash they are due. These funds are vital for many local farmers here in South Lakeland.

"However, last year it was common land farmers that were left to the bottom of the pile, with many receiving their payments up to a year later than expected. This caused real hardship for many farmers. The Rural Payments Agency must ensure that common land farmers are dealt with fairly this year, and are not pushed to the back of the queue."