‘first come, first served’

How is the Department of Agriculture planning to distribute a reported £6million in grants available under the EU rural development programme? From the BBC report

It’s understood the Department of Agriculture will allow a number of postal applications to be picked at random from the many thousands which are expected to flood in, but the bulk of the grants will go to people who make it to the department’s regional offices on Tuesday.

[Has that been equality-proofed? – Ed] Adds In the comments zone jone points to this Irish Farmers Journal article. Update Additional BBC report.

“If we had done assessment panels it would have been a lot more bureaucratic and a lot more unwieldy,” said [NI Agriculture Minister, Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew]

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