The DUP and Sinn Féin had different views on moving Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlements to the regional flat rate in 2020 and 2021, according to a document published by DAERA.

A public consultation on the matter closed in September 2019 and last week DAERA confirmed that entitlements would be frozen at their 2019 value for the next two years. The announcement was expected, given that continuing with the sixth and seventh steps towards a flat rate would have required a change in the law under the direction of a minister in DAERA.