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84,500 meet BPS deadline

84,500 farmers made their Basic Payment Scheme application by the deadline - there is still time to apply but there will be a penalty.

RPA helping a farmer to apply for BPS at an agricultural show

84,500 farmers submitted their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2015 claim ahead of Monday’s midnight deadline - but that figure is set to rise as claims handed in at RPA drop-in centres late on Monday continue to be counted, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) said today.

Any farmer who has yet to make their claim can still do so up to midnight on 10 July but is urged to do so as soon as possible because there is a one per cent penalty for every working day a claim is late.

Farmers needing help and support can continue to call the Rural Payments helpline on 03000 200 301 or visit a drop-in centre.

Details of all the support on offer can be found on GOV.UK by searching ‘find help to claim rural payments’ or clicking here.

The latest information on how to claim or amend applications in the penalty claim period can also be read at www.gov.uk/rpa/bps.

Published 17 June 2015