DEFRA 'speaks with forked tongue' on prompt payments

Davies, Isabel
October 2008
Farmers Weekly;10/24/2008, p44
Trade Publication
The article reports that the British Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is being pressed to get single farm payments out much more quickly in 2008 than in previous years. DEFRA secretary Hilary Benn told retailers in October they should pay food producers more promptly to enable them so survive the recession. The government has also pledged that it will pay its own bills owing to small businesses within 10 days to help ease their cashflow problems.


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