Payment of valid 1999/2000 EU levy refund claims continues to be delayed, as the EU Commission has challenged the interest rate Defra proposed to pay on claims.
It had been anticipated that growers would receive refunds by the end of October. Defra continues to explore ways of resolving this difference, but until the rate is agreed it is not possible to finalise grower refunds.
In the meantime please be assured that we are doing everything we can to bring this situation to a speedy conclusion. We are engaging with Defra in this process and are making a case for the higher rate of interest we consider appropriate. For any other questions, please contact the NFU Sugar helpline on 0370 066 1974.
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