Latest news about the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017 scheme year.
November 2016 - Preparing for BPS 2017
Just like for BPS 2016 - when more than 80% of applications were made online - you will be able to use the online service to apply for BPS in 2017. As in 2016, RPA will be there to help, including offering assistance over the phone.
Early next year you will be able to transfer land and entitlements online. RPA will also publish more information about how and when to apply and what more you will be able to do online in 2017.
If you applied on paper and didn’t use an agent in 2016, RPA will send you a paper BP5 application form again this year.
Your digital maps
In January 2017 RPA will be updating their digital mapping with the latest information from Ordnance Survey and aerial photography. They are doing this in January to make sure that your digital maps are as up-to-date as possible before the application window opens for BPS 2017.
RPA will no longer send paper maps or a confirmation to you after making any changes – so please check your maps online before you apply.
The BPS 2017 scheme rules will be broadly the same as this year. You can read the current 2016 scheme rules on GOV.UK.
RPA can confirm that:
- there will still be 3 greening rules in 2017 (Crop Diversification, Ecological Focus Areas (EFA) and Permanent Grassland)
- the spring/winter crops list will remain the same as in previous years of the scheme
The BPS 2017 scheme rules will be published early in 2017 and will only be available on GOV.UK. They’ll be on this page when they’re available.
Have you checked your details online?
Don’t forget to check that the details you’ve registered in the ‘Personal Details’ and ‘Business Details’ sections of the Rural Payments service are still up-to-date.
Pay particular attention to the email address you’ve registered for your business, because RPA will use this to contact you in future. If it isn’t correct or up-to-date, you could miss out on important information that they send to you.
RPA will soon be publishing the 2017 cross compliance rules. As there are no new policy changes that will affect the rules next year, they will be available on GOV.UK only.
As explained last year, from 1 January 2017 land parcels of 2 hectares or less and which are next to watercourses will have to comply with the need to protect watercourses against pollution and run-off from agricultural sources, by maintaining buffer strips. Read GAEC1 for more details.
RPA will update this page as more information about the BPS 2017 scheme year becomes available.
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Published: 23 August 2016
Updated: 30 November 2016
- Updated with important information about the 2017 scheme year - including the scheme rules and how to apply.
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