To check that claimants are following cross compliance properly, RPA must carry out inspections on a selection of holdings each year.
Claimants won’t always receive advance warning of these visits and it could happen more than once in a year. If RPA do give advance warning, it’s likely to be less than 48 hours before the inspection.
When an inspector arrives they will tell the claimant what’s involved and what they need to do. Claimants must co-operate with the inspector, giving help and equipment to allow checks to be made safely.
At the end of the inspection, the inspector will explain to the claimant what they’ve found. If they find anything wrong, RPA will send more information to the claimant to explain how it affects their claim(s). This will be in writing and will be sent within 3 months of the date of the inspection.
Claimants who refuse to allow an inspector on their land, or who don’t co-operate, could lose all of their payment(s) and all their BPS entitlements.
Who makes inspections?
Depending on which GAECs and SMRs apply to their holding(s), claimants may be inspected by one or more Competent Control Authority inspector(s) from:
- Rural Payments Agency
- Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).
They will use any necessary information from the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission, Natural England, and Veterinary Medicines Directorate.