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RPA continues to leave farmers in the dark over payments

Over 3,000 farmers and growers are still in the dark over 2017 BPS payments, as the NFU continues its call for improved communications and efficiency from the RPA. Analysis by the NFU of new RPA figures revealed that more than 3,000 farmers are left waiting for their BPS payment, despite over 95% of farmers in […]

Thousands of BPS 2017 applications received

More than 10,000 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications have been submitted since the application window opened on 1 March, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced. The RPA is encouraging farmers to apply online now, to ensure that their application is submitted before the deadline. Applying online means that farmers and agents can quickly […]

Rural Payments Agency pays [93]% of Basic Payment Scheme claims in January

Rural Payments Agency pays [93]% of Basic Payment Scheme claims in January

More than 80,000 (93%) farmers in England have now received their 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money. This means the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has paid 93% of eligible claims more than two months ahead of its end of March target. The payments are worth £1.48 billion and include a range of 2016 BPS claim […]

Rural Payments Agency pays 91% of 2016 Basic Payment Scheme claims in December

Over 78,000 (91%) of farmers in England received their 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money by the end of December. Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: “I know how important these payments are to farmers and I am pleased that the RPA has surpassed its target of making 90% of payments by the end of December. […]

Upland farmers voice RPA concerns

Upland farmers voice RPA concerns

Upland farmers have told the RPA that their businesses could be compromised by the organisation’s continued failure to meet deadlines and honour its commitments. Speaking after a meeting with the NFU Uplands Forum, chairman Robin Milton said that he was pleased that RPA staff had met with them to listen to their concerns. But he […]

NFU and CLA urge Secretary of State to prioritise urgent action on BPS

NFU and CLA urge Secretary of State to prioritise urgent action on BPS

NFU and CLA have today written to the Defra Secretary of State Liz Truss MP to encourage her to urgently take a public and proactive role in leading the response to criticisms of the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme and the consequences for 2016. With financial hardship cases mounting, anxiety rising among BPS claimants, farmers expressing […]

Many sheep farmers placed in ‘unreasonable position’ ahead of BPS application deadline

Many sheep farmers placed in ‘unreasonable position’ ahead of BPS application deadline

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has voiced disappointment this week that the sheep sector in England, which has already been disproportionately affected by the late arrival of money under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), is being hit again by inflexibility at the Rural Payment Agency (RPA). Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive, says: “Claimants at the […]

2015 Basic Payment Scheme update

2015 Basic Payment Scheme update

Over 72,700 farmers (almost 84% of all eligible claims) have now received their 2015 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments, bringing the total paid out for the 2015 scheme to £1.15 billion. Farmers have said they would benefit from more certainty regarding when they will receive their payment. Last week the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) started […]

Start your 2016 Basic Payment Scheme application now

Farmers and agents can now log in to the Rural Payments Service to begin the application process for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) announced today (7 March 2016). Claimants can check and change their personal and business details, including keeping email addresses accurate and up-to-date. New for 2016 Farmers and […]

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