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further guidance on how Entry Level Stewardship/Organic Entry Level Stewardship/Upland Entry Level Stewardship agreements starting on 1 January 2012 or later may be exempt from double funding payment reductions, including where no Basic Payment Scheme claim is made on agreement land
further guidance on using Entry Level Stewardship/Organic Entry Level Stewardship options to meet Ecological Focus Area requirements
a contact for feedback or if you have problems
The October version updates Questions 6, 7 and 8 to take account of further clarification of the Commission guidance on double funding.
We have also published a payment calculator to help you work out your future payments. This calculator should work with most versions of Microsoft Excel (it’s in Excel 97-2003 format). You should save the file to your own computer before starting to use it. If you have any questions or issues when using this calculator, please email the Natural England Enquiries Team firstname.lastname@example.org and quote your agreement reference, contact phone number and the nature of your query.
Who’s this for?
This information is aimed at farmers and other land managers with Environmental Stewardship agreements which start on 1 January 2012 or later, to help work out:
whether their payments have to be reduced to avoid ‘double funding’
if so, the choices that are available
The document will also be of interest to agents and farm advisers.