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Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)

All the information you need to know about the main rural payment for farmers in the EU.

What is the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)?

The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is the biggest of the European Union’s rural grants and payments to help the farming industry.

Farmers apply once a year - normally in May - and payments begin in December.

Read this collection to find out more about the scheme.

Who’s it for?

Farmers with at least 5 hectares of agricultural land and 5 ‘entitlements’ can apply. Some businesses aren’t allowed to claim if they carry out certain business activities.

Farmers who claimed the old Single Payment Scheme were invited to apply in 2015, but if you’re new to farming you might be able to get it as well. If you’re under 40, you might even be able to get extra money too.

What do I need to do?

There are some rules about what you can and can’t do with your land if you claim BPS.

If you’re an arable farmer you might need to grow 3 different crops and use 5% of your land to do specific things that are good for the environment. Farmers will need to make decisions about what to do with their land so that they can follow the rules.

If you claim BPS you must also follow the cross compliance rules.

How do I apply?

You can now apply for BPS 2017. Go to www.gov.uk/rural-payments to sign in and start now.

BPS 2019

  1. BPS 2019

BPS 2018

Basic Payment Scheme 2018 - changes to greening requirements

  1. BPS 2018

BPS 2017

Everything rural businesses need to know about BPS in 2017.

  1. BPS 2017

BPS 2016

Guidance and information about the Basic Payment Scheme 2016 scheme year.

  1. BPS 2016

BPS 2015

Guidance and information about the Basic Payment Scheme 2015 scheme year.

  1. BPS 2015
Published 24 February 2015
Last updated 1 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added link to BPS 2019 page
  2. Updated to confirm BPS 2015 application is now closed
  3. Updated to remove information about late applications - as the claim window has now closed.
  4. Updated to remind readers of late application penalties for BPS.
  5. This collection now includes the May 2015 update.
  6. Added link to The Basic Payment Scheme in England: May 2015 guidance update (ver 1 May 2015)
  7. Updated with a list of all the latest guidance for BPS.
  8. Added certification form to prove 'new' or 'young' farmer status to the collection.
  9. New section with links to 'Telling us about your land' blog added to the page.
  10. First published.