Guidance

Cross compliance 2015

Cross compliance guidance for the Basic Payment Scheme, Countryside Stewardship and certain rural development schemes - for the 2015 year only.

Documents

Appendix for GAEC 3

Appendix for SMR 2

Appendix for SMR 3

Appendix for SMR 13

Details

This guidance is for the 2015 year only.


Find the latest rules on the cross compliance pages on GOV.UK.

Inspections and calculating penalties

For information about inspections read page 71, or for penalties read page 11 in ‘The guide to cross compliance in England 2015’ above.

If you’re inspected and the inspector finds something wrong, they use a set of standards called ‘verifiable standards’ to assess how serious the non-compliance is. This is based on the extent of the non-compliance and how severe and permanent it is.

RPA uses a guide to work out the penalty that is to be applied.

They also use a calculator to work out how severe a non-compliance is for cattle identification and registration for SMR 7.

Get a copy of these documents from ruralpayments@defra.gsi.gov.uk. Tell them which documents you want and use ‘Verifiable Standards 2015’ as the email heading.

The results from ‘Cross compliance inspections in 2015’ are above. They show the most common reasons why farmers failed to meet each Statutory Management Requirement (SMR) and Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAEC).

Published 5 December 2014