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|12 Apr 2018, 9:34 a.m.||Environmental Stewardship Scheme||Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown|
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claims for payment for work under the Higher Level Stewardship scheme which took place in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17 are unresolved; and whether he has set a target date for the resolution of those claims.
Answer (George Eustice)
Holders of Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreements receive two payments: an advance and a final payment.
1,111 (20%) of HLS agreements are still to receive their final payment for 2016.
6,774 (52%) of HLS agreements are still to receive a payment for 2017.
There is no set deadline for Environmental Stewardship payments. Natural England is focused on making the payments and we are keeping farming groups regularly updated on progress.