Consultation outcome

Common Agricultural Policy reform: implementation in England

This consultation has concluded

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Summary of responses and government response

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Detail of outcome

We received 4,928 responses to this consultation.

The first summary of responses was published on 19 December 2013. An additional summary of responses and government response for the remaining issues was published on 26 February 2014.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from 31 October 2013 12:00am to
28 November 2013 11:45pm


We are seeking views on implementation of CAP reform in England for 2015 to 2020.

This consultation is being held on another website

Consultation description

This consultation is seeking views on how we should implement the next round of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in England for 2015 to 2020. CAP is the EU’s programme to support farming, the environment and rural development across Europe.

In particular, we are seeking views on issues relating to:

  • direct payments to farmers
  • greening requirements of direct payments
  • what transfer in England is made between the budget for direct payments to the budget for Rural Development
  • the focus of the Rural Development Programme

This consultation will be of interest to farmers, land managers, rural businesses and those working in the rural economy or with a role in environment management.


In addition to the consultation, we will be hosting workshops around the country in November. They will last approximately two and half hours and will be facilitated by Defra policy officials who will provide an update on CAP implementation and then seek input on a number of key questions included within the consultation. The output from the workshops will feed in to the CAP consultation.

More information and how to register your interest to attend a workshop.

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