Anger as review into farm cash delayed
A review into how EU subsidies are distributed by the UK Government to Scottish hill farmers has been delayed.
Around £190 million worth of payments from Brussels has been paid to farmers around the UK, with £30m of that coming to Scotland.
Farmers and Scottish Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing argue that the full £190m should have come to Scotland under the complex EU funding model.
Now an independent review into the payments, announced by UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove last year, has been delayed.
Mr Ewing said: “This delay is completely unacceptable.
“Scottish hill farmers are owed £160 million, which the UK Government has repeatedly ignored.
“I have been clear throughout that the money was earned in Scotland, and quite frankly should be returned to Scotland.”
A UK Government spokeswoman said: “We are in discussion with HM Treasury about this review.
“It is essential that it is considered alongside wider funding implications in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as we leave the EU.”
She said farming support allocations have been guaranteed in cash terms until 2022.