2010 SPS payments could be delayed by mapping errors.

The Defra - commissioned review of the Rural Payments Agency was warned that problems with the Land Registry (RLR) mapping project could delay the delivery of the 2010 Single Payments.  The review team did not examine the project in detail but concluded that it was not 'well planned or well executed' based on what it saw.

'Significant criticism' of the project from the farming industry was noted over the production of 'inaccurate or unrecognisable maps, particularly around boundaries and land parcel numbering'.

The report commented that it is possible that the combined effect of the RLR delays and errors on the 2010 claim year and Natural England's ELS re'launch could result in a number of problems for farmers in 2010.  The review predicted that the agency was likely to receive more complaints over the course of the 2010 claim year about the 'uncertainty' surrounding the maps and their 'perceived or actual accuracy'.

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