FARM­ERS EN­COUR­AGED TO SUB­MIT BPS AP­PLI­CA­TIONS ON TIME

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FARM­ERS HAVE been en­cour­aged to sub­mit their Ba­sic Pay­ment Scheme (BPS) ap­pli­ca­tions be­fore the 15 May dead­line. They can also now claim for their Coun­try­side Stew­ard­ship (CS) and En­vi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship (ES) agree­ments. The tim­ings for all pay­ment schemes have been aligned by the Ru­ral Pay­ments Agency (RPA) to sim­plify the ex­pe­ri­ence for farm­ers.

The gov­ern­ment has con­firmed that all el­i­gi­ble BPS, CS and ES pay­ments will be funded this year, re­gard­less of the out­come of Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Farm­ers and land man­agers must en­sure that they con­tinue to fol­low all the cur­rent reg­u­la­tions to avoid penal­ties, in­clud­ing on cross-com­pli­ance. Ap­pli­cants to BPS and CS can quickly up­date their per­sonal and business in­for­ma­tion by ap­ply­ing through the Ru­ral Pay­ments ser­vice (https:// www.gov.uk/claim-ru­ral­pay­ments).

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