I was heartened today to learn that farmers were to be allowed to submit their applications to claim their annual subsidies from the EU on a paper form. While there is no victory in discovering that this is because there have been performance problems with the Rural Payments Agency web site, it might make the powers-that-be at last realise that being online is not the only answer.
Paper forms make a return after inconvenience of online only site
KEEP ME POSTED RESPONDS TO THE ABANDONMENT OF THE ONLINE FARM PAYMENT SYSTEM TO PROCESS EU PAYMENTS FOR FARMERS
Keep Me Posted has responded to the Rural Payment's Agency decision today to allow farmers to submit their applications for money from the Basic Payments Scheme on paper. Judith Donovan CBE, Chair of the Keep Me Posted Campaign, said:
Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement that the annual paper tax return will be phased out, Judith Donovan CBE, Chair of the Keep Me Posted campaign, said:
“The Keep Me Posted campaign welcomes the fact that British tax-payers will still have the option to complete a paper self-assessment return. Many people like the protection offered by paper tax returns, particularly in light of revelations last year that five million British workers may have had their tax bills incorrectly calculated.
Confidence and control the key to better financial health
At Keep Me Posted we’ve known for some time that the move towards digital financial services can create new barriers for those who are excluded from such technology, such as the elderly, those in rural areas and people with poor digital skills.
Responding to the Financial Inclusion Commission Report, which recommended that alternatives must remain available for those who cannot or choose not to manage their money online, Judith Donovan CBE, Chair of the Keep Me Posted campaign, said:
Responding to the FCA report which found that some payday lenders’ customer communications are ‘unclear and misleading’, Judith Donovan CBE, Chair of the Keep Me Posted campaign, said:
- Trust and security are the top concerns that stop people who use the internet from banking online, a major behavioural study* commissioned by the Keep Me Posted campaign has revealed
- Around two thirds of people (65 per cent) that don’t bank online cite concerns over trust. This was followed by security concerns (64 per cent). Only one per cent said it was because they rarely use the internet
Not Luddites - some people just find the internet isn't for them
I’ve only just got round to reading the final report from IpsosMORI and the BBC about the changing face of media literacy.
It’s been a bit of a feature on the Keep Me Posted desk since it first appeared when its research outlined how many people were and were not using the internet, why not and their skill levels if they were.
Feeling down on the farm
Living in the country, as I do, and being a member of the British Wool Marketing Board, which I am, I sympathise hugely with farmers who it seems are beset on all sides – supermarkets driving down the price of milk mean it costs more to produce than they receive for it, grain prices have been falling; the NFU itself is forecasting that Britain is becoming far less self-sufficient when it comes to food, as global influences dominate.
But the one thing you’d think the farmers would be able to receive is the subsidy to which they are entitled.
Keep Me Posted has responded to reports that applications for EU subsidies for farmers have fallen since the system for claiming moved online only in January this year. Here's our comment: