More farmers in England receive BPS payments
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced that over 68,200 farmers in England have now received a 2016 BPS payment.
The payments to some 79% of eligible claimants, worth £1.14 billion, include a range of 2016 BPS claim types and sizes, including young farmer, those inspected and farmers with common land.
The RPA remains focused on paying 90% of eligible claims by the end of December.
BPS payments are made direct to bank accounts via BACS transfer so farmers should make sure RPA has the most up-to-date account details. Once a payment has been made a remittance advice is sent in the post, confirming the amount paid.
More information on BPS 2016, including scheme rules and details of how payments are calculated, is available at www.GOV.UK/rpa/bps2016.
The RPA will soon be publishing the 2017 cross compliance guide and a video on inspections on GOV.UK. Farmers and landowners must follow cross compliance rules if they claimed for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), a stewardship scheme or the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) in 2016.
The rules come into effect from 1 January 2017.