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Drop-in Centre opening hours extended ahead of BPS deadline

Almost 60,000 completed Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications have now been received by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) – but with one week remaining, farmers are urged to submit their BPS 2015 applications as soon as possible. Farmers who have not yet submitted their claim forms should take them to one of 50 drop-in centres […]

More than half of BPS 2015 claims submitted as deadline approaches

Over 50 percent (44,800) of completed Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications have now been received by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) – but with two weeks remaining farmers are urged to submit their BPS 2015 applications as soon as possible. Ahead of the 15 June deadline for BPS claims, farmers still have time to post […]

First 12,000 BPS applications received

First 12,000 BPS applications received

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has now received 12,900 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications. But with just over four weeks to go until the June 15 deadline, farmers who have not yet submitted their claim are being urged to do so as soon as possible. RPA has sent farmers, either by email or on paper, […]

RPA announces more detail on how to claim for BPS 2015

RPA announces more detail on how to claim for BPS 2015

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has today (8 April) issued more detail on next steps for farmers and landowners who wish to claim for Basic Payment Scheme 2015. The Agency says that pre-populated BP5 claim forms will start to be sent out next week by email to everyone who has registered on the Rural Payments […]

SPS target exceeded more than two months early

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has exceeded its Single Payment Scheme (SPS) 2014 target for the end of March, more than two months ahead of schedule. By Wednesday (28 January) the Agency had paid a total of nearly £1.46 billion to nearly 100,000 farmers in England. This equates to 98.4 per cent of farmers eligible […]

Thousands get ready to claim Basic Payment Scheme 2015

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is inviting thousands more farmers and landowners throughout England to take the first online step towards claiming this year’s new scheme payments. RPA CEO Mark Grimshaw, speaking at the NFU Council on Tuesday (20 January), announced a significant ramping up of the numbers invited to register on the new rural […]

More than half of agents have registered for new rural payments service

More than half of farm and agriculture agents and advisors in England have registered on to the new rural payments service as a first step to helping their clients to claim under the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in 2015. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) contacted around 1,200 agents last month to provide support in […]

RPA switches to 0345

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is switching from its 0845 telephone number prefix to 0345 as part of a government-wide approach to move away from higher-rate numbers. The new number is already working and people are urged to start using it. The switch affects the phone numbers for the RPA’s customer service centre; the Procedure […]

RPA releases July 2014 milk production figures

RPA releases July 2014 milk production figures

The United Kingdom wholesale milk deliveries totalled 1,230.8 million litres in July, the fourth month of the new milk year, figures released by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) show. At the same time last year this figure was 1,143.6 million litres. The cumulative total for the year is now 5,083.9 million litres. At the same […]

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