The NFU is disappointed with the government’s response to the Efra Committee report into the RPA.

NFU vice president Stuart Roberts said: “The government’s response to the Efra Committee’s report into the RPA is disappointing as it does not address challenges such as external performance targets and appropriate timing of bridging payments.

“There also needs to be a higher focus on customer service and greater opportunity for future schemes to be developed in order to prevent a repeat of previous errors.

“It’s vital that the RPA has sufficient resources to deliver for farmers, both during their transition from current schemes to their replacements beyond Brexit, and that it is fully involved in the creation of future schemes to ensure they are implemented properly and delivered successfully.”