Farm Ireland

Thursday 22 February 2018

Minister gives commitment on timing of farmers’ balancing GLAS payment

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Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has indicated that farmers will receive their balancing GLAS payment by the end of June.

It comes as some 7pc of GLAS applicants have yet to receive any payment under the scheme for 2016. Speaking in the Seanad late last week the Minister said the up-to-date position is that payments have now issued in 93pc of cases.

The Minister said there are a number of different reasons for some cases not being finalised.

“Many of these issues, given their complexity, require review on a case-by-case basis. This work is ongoing in the remaining 2,700 cases.

“My Department has been in direct contact with participants or their advisors in cases where issues remain to be resolved and is making every effort to resolve outstanding issues on a case-by-case basis.

“Additional information or outstanding documentation has been requested and is awaited in over 1,000 of these cases,” he said.

Minsiter Creed said it is his ambition to finalise these matters as quickly as possible but warned that the Department needs some documentation from this remaining cohort.

“As I have said, more than 93% has been paid and we intend to make the balancing payment, the 15%, by the end of June.

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“We would like to resolve these outstanding cases as quickly as possible and all of the resources that are required of my Department, both from an IT and administrative side, are being applied to that purpose,” he told senators.

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