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House of Commons Ministerial Statement 22 January 2013

 

Common Agricultural Policy

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Mr Owen Paterson): From 2014, ready for scheme year 2015, DEFRA will start to introduce a single computer system for all CAP funding in England, irrespective of the delivery body, meaning it will be quicker and easier to apply for CAP schemes when they go live after this date. This will affect four DEFRA delivery bodies: Rural Payments Agency (RPA), Natural England (NE), Forestry Commission (FC) and the rural development programme for England (RDPE) delivery team. As part of the drive to cut red tape in farming, it will mean that recipients will only have to enter their details once to a single point of contact rather than for each CAP scheme they apply for.

The new system will also improve the speed and accuracy of payments, improve targeting of farm inspections, reduce running costs, and allow the bodies to adapt easily to future policy or regulatory changes.

DEFRA will be working closely with the Government Digital Service, part of the Cabinet Office, in procuring the new delivery solution.

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