GLAS payments are continuing to be delayed, and the ICMSA is not happy with the current situation.
The chairperson of the ICMSA’s Farm and Rural Affairs Committee, Patrick Rohan, has stated that the continuing delays in GLAS payments are throwing farm finances into chaos and represent a clear breach of the terms of the Farmers’ Charter of Rights which states “payment of up to 75% will commence the third week of October and payment of 25% balance to commence when all inspections are completed, normally mid-December.”
Mr. Rohan stated that GLAS farmers were banking on the payment due in late October/early November being made punctually so as the relieve the pressure being experienced in terms of cash-flow after what all commentators agree has been nearly two years of unprecedented income pressures and challenges.
He went on to note that 2016 represents the first full year payment on the scheme which many GLAS farmers had applied for as far back as May 2015.
“There’s massive annoyance at the off-hand and casual way that the terms of the Farmers Charter are being breached here,” says Rohan.
“GLAS involved often very considerable costs such as planning fees, compliance costs and income foregone and we feel perfectly entitled to call on Minister Creed to intervene and ensure that the payments overdue to all GLAS farmers are made immediately,” he concluded.