"English farmers, the poor relations"
FARMERS on the English side of the border still have no idea when they will receive any of their first Single Farm Payment.
Welsh farmers received 80% of their money before Christmas, and 62% of Scottish farmers and 75% of those in Northern Ireland banked their first payments last month.
But a report yesterday by an all-party committee of MPs said Government officials at Defra failed to plan for the new system in England.
As a result, taxpayers face extra costs and farmers find themselves the poor relations among the British farming community.