Introduce a minimum holding of (say) 25 hectares to qualify for single payments. It is absolutely crazy that anone with one or two acres can qualify and receive annual payments of several hundred pounds especially as one reads that it costs £1700 to process each one.

This will have several major effects:

1.  Reduce the outgoings considerably – senior DEFRA management can easily calculate the monetary savings – probably in the order of 20%..

2.  Because the number of claimants will be reduced by 80% (the 80/20 rule) there will be an enormous reduction in the need for people to process the claims.

3.  Because there are many fewer qualifiers there will be a saving of at least 80% of the stationary bill – the packets of leaflets and brochures sent out several times a year. 

Why is this idea important?

This idea is important because it reduces unnecessary expenditure and the concomitant requirement for larger staffing numbers and should save at least £20,000,000 per annum.

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