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Rural Payments Agency to begin making BPS payments from December 1

Staff writer |
As part of its commitment to pay more than half of all farmers by the end of the year, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced that around 30,000 farmers are set to receive their 2015 Basic Payment Scheme payments on December 1.

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The payments to farmers, representing at least 35% of those who claimed, mean the RPA is also on track to meet their promise to pay the vast majority of claimants by the end of January.

In addition to this positive start to Basic Payment Scheme payments, Natural England have also announced that over three quarters (79%) of Environmental Stewardship advance payments worth over £114million have been made, with all advance payments expected to be delivered before Christmas as in previous years.

The RPA is also writing to farmers who they know are unlikely to be paid by the end of January to help them manage their cash flow.

Typically claims with a greater degree of processing complexity, such as those with commons; cross border claims; probate cases; and those deemed complex because of their size, are likely to take longer to process and pay, as they did under the Single Payment Scheme.

As the processing of BPS claims progresses there may be other cases that require more checks, resulting in payments later than the end of January.

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