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Minister responds to SFP Review of Decisions report

25 January, 2012 - by Michelle O'Neill


Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill today announced her Department’s response to the independent report on Single Farm Payment (SFP) Review of Decisions.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) commissioned the report to independently assess if it was administering the Single Farm Payment (SFP) Review Process to an acceptable standard.

The Minister said:

“SFP provides an important financial support for farmers and rural communities throughout the north. It is important that they have confidence in how the scheme is administered and that where there is disagreement with the Department’s decision on entitlement, that an impartial, fair, and timely review process is in place to deal with it.

“This report concludes that the current Departmental Review Process is “largely fit for purpose” but it also identifies areas where improvements could be made, and where key findings might be transferable to other DARD schemes. DARD is committed to improving its services and will continue to work with UFU and NIAPA to ensure that these changes are implemented in a manner which brings real benefits to the farming community.”

The Departmental Response is available on the DARD website at http://www.dardni.gov.uk/index/publications/pubs-dard-grants-and-funding/sfpreviewofdecisions.htm. A copy of the full PWC Report can also be accessed via the same link.

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