FCC letter to Natural England re PIFs

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners have written to Poul Christensen, Chairman of Natural England to express our disappointment in the way that Natural England have managed the whole issue of Permanently Ineligible Features (PIFs)  in agri-environment agreements on common land.

We believe that delaying payment while sorting out minor changes due to PIFs in an agreement is disproportionate, unfair and causes hardship. NE should have considered alternatives to holding up of payments including;

  1. Given most reclaims are small  - a part payment of 95% of the total value could have been made while the points to ensure a valid agreement were getting sorted
  2. Honour the contracts and pay what they said they would. It is not the commoner’s fault that NE didn't sort out the PIFs before cross checking the agreements.

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