Industry calls for improvements to 2011 SPS payments.

Defra minister, Jim Paice, and the Rural Payments Agency have been urged by a farming industry delegation to set more challenging targets for the payment of 2011 Single Payment Scheme claims.

Representatives from three key industry bodies in England held talks with Mr Paice and members of the RPA Oversight Board, of which the minister is chair.

The bodies - the Country Land and Business Association, the Tenant Farmers Association and the NFU - pressed the board to focus on achieving more timely payments for claimants who continue to be paid late in the payment window each year.

NFU president Peter Kendall, CLA president William Worsley and TFA national chairman Jeremy Walker issued a joint statement after the meeting on Monday 16 May.

"We are told that the RPA is in a better place than in previous years; one way to demonstrate this is to set challenging targets for the payment of 2011 SPS claims," the statement read.

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