Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales and Trefnydd
I wish to update Members of the Senedd on the number of BPS advance payments which will be made tomorrow, 14 October.
97% of claimants will receive a BPS advance payment worth 70% of their estimated claim value. Over £161m will be paid to more than 15,600 Welsh farm businesses.
This is the second year Rural Payments Wales (RPW) is making automatic BPS advance payments prior to December following simplification of the BPS requirements, which gives financial certainty to our Welsh farm business during this extremely challenging time.
Full and remaining balance BPS 2022 payments will be made from 15 December 2022, subject to full validation of the BPS claim. RPW once again intends to make these payments to as many farmers as possible early in the payment window.
I expect all but the most complex BPS claims will be fully validated, and payments made before the end of the payment window on 30 June 2023.