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Public Accounts Committee
Inquiry launched on 3 December 2015.
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Delivery Programme is a combined effort between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Rural Payments Agency, Government Digital Service and other bodies to develop new systems and processes to support the implementation of the CAP in England. It was established in 2012 to address failings in how it was previously delivered and to adapt to the increased complexity of the new CAP. The original vision and design of the Programme was narrow, focussing largely on procuring IT systems, and was set back by numerous changes in leadership.
In March 2015, in response to serious failings of the system, the online application system was withdrawn and replaced by "paper-assisted digital" applications for the 2015 scheme. Despite these challenges, the Department is making good progress to meeting its target of paying Basic Payment Scheme claims for the majority of farmers in December. This inquiry examines the significant challenges that remain to make sure this year’s payments are accurate, to prepare for future years, to maximise Programme benefits and minimise disallowance penalties.
Evidence given by Bronwyn Hill, former Permanent Secretary, and Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mark Grimshaw, Chief Executive, Rural Payments Agency and Senior Responsible Officer, Common Agricultural Policy Delivery Programme, and Liam Maxwell, Government Chief Technology Officer.
Public Accounts Committee takes evidence on early review of Common Agricultural Policy Delivery Programme