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Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Reform

Find out about the new CAP schemes in England, including Basic Payment and Rural Development Programme for England schemes.

This collection brings together information on how the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) affects farmers. CAP is a system of agricultural subsidies and programmes covering farming, environmental measures and rural development. New schemes are being implemented in 2015.

Current scheme guidance including Basic Payment and Rural Development Programme for England schemes is available under rural grants and payments. We have also listed general information together with guidance on this page.

Our blog provides news and updates on the Rural Payments service.

Guidance about the new CAP schemes

Specific guidance on the new schemes is listed in other sections below. These leaflets will help individuals and businesses get ready.

  1. CAP Reform: February 2015 update

    • 23 February 2015
    • Guidance
  2. CAP Reform: December 2014 update

    • 19 December 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Cross compliance: guidance for 2015

    • 5 December 2014
    • Guidance
  4. CAP Reform: October 2014 update

    • 28 October 2014
    • Guidance
  5. CAP Reform: August 2014 update (including ‘greening: how it works’)

    • 14 August 2014
    • Guidance
  6. CAP Reform: introduction to the new Common Agricultural Policy schemes

    • 14 April 2014
    • Guidance

Online applications and payments

You need to register on the Rural Payments service to apply for the Basic Payment Scheme in 2015. You can register at www.gov.uk/rural-payments or by calling 03000 200 301. Our blog provides news and updates on the Rural Payments service.

  1. Register for rural payments

    • 27 March 2015
    • Detailed guide
  2. Find help to claim rural payments

    • 17 April 2015
    • Detailed guide

Basic Payment Scheme

The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is the main rural payments scheme to help the farming industry. Our collection of guidance will help you find out more about the scheme and find out if you’re eligible.

  1. It’s time to apply for 2015 Basic Payment Scheme

    • 14 April 2015
    • News story
  2. How to apply for the Basic Payment Scheme in 2015

    • 15 April 2015
    • Statutory guidance
  3. Tell the Rural Payments Agency about land changes and entitlement transfers

    • 23 March 2015
    • Statutory guidance
  4. Basic Payment Scheme: guidance for 2015

    • 24 February 2015
    • Statutory guidance

Rural Development Programme schemes

Under the Rural Development Programme for England a number of schemes (including those under Countryside Stewardship) will become available during 2015. Links to current guidance are listed below or see rural grants and payments.

We’ve now published more details about Countryside Stewardship - how the scheme works, what current holders of agreements under previous schemes can apply for and the applications that can be made.

  1. Countryside Stewardship update

    • 8 April 2015
    • Guidance
  2. Business development grants: Growth Programme

    • 23 March 2015
    • Detailed guide
  3. Guide to Countryside Stewardship: facilitation fund

    • 17 March 2015
    • Guidance
  4. How to apply for grants: Countryside Productivity

    • 9 March 2015
    • Detailed guide
  5. Prepare for the EIP-Agri grant: Countryside Productivity Scheme

    • 9 March 2015
    • Detailed guide
  6. Rural Development Programme for England: LEADER funding

    • 3 March 2015
    • Detailed guide
  7. Guide to Countryside Stewardship: water capital grants 2015

    • 2 March 2015
    • Guidance
  8. Guide to Countryside Stewardship: woodland capital grants 2015

    • 17 February 2015
    • Guidance

Greening and double funding

Information for farmers and land managers with Environmental Stewardship agreements to help work out whether their payments have to be adjusted to avoid ‘double funding’ under new CAP rules, and if so, the choices available. The information includes a calculator tool.

  1. CAP Reform: how we will manage double funding (greening and Environmental Stewardship)

    • 8 October 2014
    • Guidance

Policy and news background

  1. It’s time to apply for 2015 Basic Payment Scheme

    • 14 April 2015
    • News story
  2. RPA announces more detail on how to claim for BPS 2015

    • 8 April 2015
    • Press release
  3. RPA publishes new Basic Payment Scheme forms online

    • 24 March 2015
    • News story
  4. Rural Payments Agency announces new approach to help farmers meet Basic Payment Scheme deadline

    • 19 March 2015
    • Press release
  5. Common land payments: policy change

    • 16 March 2015
    • Policy paper
  6. RPA publishes guide to Basic Payment Scheme 2015

    • 24 February 2015
    • Press release
  7. RDPE programme document 2014 to 2020

    • 17 February 2015
    • Policy paper
  8. RPA opens new Rural Payments service to all BPS customers

    • 3 February 2015
    • Press release
  9. Thousands get ready to claim Basic Payment Scheme 2015

    • 21 January 2015
    • Press release
  10. Agents lead the way in registering on new online service for rural payments

    • 16 January 2015
    • Press release
  11. Latest CAP leaflet includes important details on active farmer rule

    • 19 December 2014
    • Press release
  12. New 2015 cross compliance guidance available online now

    • 5 December 2014
    • Press release
  13. More details released on CAP Reform in England

    • 28 October 2014
    • Press release
  14. Subsidies for solar farms to be cut to help safeguard farmland

    • 19 October 2014
    • Press release
  15. RPA unveils ‘top tips’ as more customers invited to use new online service

    • 17 October 2014
    • News story
  16. Reminder to smallholders about minimum claim size

    • 16 October 2014
    • Press release
  17. RPA reminds farmers of important entitlements deadline

    • 8 October 2014
    • Press release
  18. CAP Reform: Dual use will continue to be allowed in 2015

    • 26 September 2014
    • Press release
  19. RPA unveils ‘extra help’ to get farmers online for BPS

    • 22 September 2014
    • Press release
  20. Smallholders urged to plan for important CAP changes

    • 3 September 2014
    • Press release
  21. New details on CAP implementation announced

    • 14 August 2014
    • Press release
  22. Common Agricultural Policy reform: implementation in England

    • 17 June 2014
    • Consultation outcome
  23. Strategic Environmental Assessment of the proposed new Rural Development Programme in England

    • 12 June 2014
    • Consultation outcome
  24. CAP greening criteria announced

    • 10 June 2014
    • Press release
  25. CAP boost for moorland

    • 25 April 2014
    • News story
  26. Common Agricultural Policy reform countdown timeline

    • 14 April 2014
    • Policy paper
  27. New environmental scheme for farmers to prioritise biodiversity

    • 26 February 2014
    • Press release
  28. Implementation of CAP announced

    • 19 December 2013
    • Press release
  29. CAP reform in England: Status report on direct payments

    • 19 August 2013
    • Policy paper
  30. CAP reform in England: Status report on the new Rural Development Programme

    • 19 August 2013
    • Policy paper

Single Payment Scheme (2014)

We will be archiving these guidance documents - for those claiming under the Single Payment Scheme in 2014 - shortly.

  1. Single Payment Scheme: guidance for 2014

    • 3 March 2014
    • Statutory guidance