Desperate farmers in "crisis" due to payment delays

Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has urged the Welsh Labour Government to sort out the delays in Basic Payment Scheme payments to farmers which is causing great distress.


Kirsty has been contacted by volunteers for the Farming Community Network (formerly the Farm Crisis Network) who have seen a large number of farmers in significant distress as a result of delays in Basic Payment Scheme payments.


BPS payments were due in early December yet many farmers in Brecon and Radnorshire are yet to receive them.

Kirsty Williams raised the issue in the National Assembly this week.


Commenting Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:


“The Welsh Labour Government is causing huge distress to many farmers in Brecon and Radnorshire.


“Farmers have been calling on the brink of suicide due to the financial difficulties they face.  This is on top of the fact that, because of the mishandling of the changes to farming support by Welsh Government, farmers were already only to receive 80% of their entitlement.


“Like any business, farmers have bills to pay. They rely heavily on the December payments to pay those bills, so it has a knock on effect to the wider rural economy. The Welsh Labour Government need to sort this mess out and they need to sort it out quickly.”


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