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SPS common land allocation

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has decided that common land should have been allocated differently under SPS. This means that some commons now have more eligible area which farmers can claim SPS entitlements and payments for.

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RPA will start to make payments from July to farmers who have claimed successfully for additional payments on certain commons. Farmers who are eligible for additional payments for the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) will receive a letter from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to tell them their claim was successful. This will also include Hill Farm Allowance (HFA) and Uplands Transitional Payment (UTP) where applicable. Once payment is made, a remittance advice will be issued which will include additional information about the payment.

Farmers who are not eligible for additional payments will receive a letter from RPA to explain the reasons why they are not entitled to additional entitlements and payments including HFA and UTP.

Both letters will include instructions for farmers who disagree with eligibility decisions or their payments and wish to challenge these. Farmers who are eligible for a payment need to wait until they receive their remittance advice before challenging any decisions.

Once the SPS payments have been made the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claims will be reviewed. Additional BPS entitlements will be allocated and payments made to farmers who have claimed successfully. This is likely to be completed in the autumn.

Read more information about the change in the way that RPA allocates areas of commons to those claiming SPS and BPS at: www.gov.uk/sps-common-land-payments-policy-change.

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has decided that common land should have been allocated differently under SPS, so that the full eligible area was allocated every year.

Farmers can now apply for SPS entitlements they should have been given in 2005 – as well as any other payments they could have received for:

  • Single Payment Scheme (SPS)
  • Hill Farm Allowance (HFA) 2010
  • Uplands Transitional Payment (UTP)
  • Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)

This collection contains:

  • more information about the change of policy and who it affects
  • a list of the commons which have more eligible area to allocate
  • a claim form

How the policy has changed

Read this policy to understand how the policy has changed and what it means for commoners who claimed SPS.

  1. Common land payments: policy change

    • Policy paper

Claim form

If you’re eligible, use this form to make a claim.

List of common land with more eligible area to allocate

This is a list of the commons which are being reallocated.

Published 18 September 2015
Last updated 24 July 2017 + show all updates
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