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UK farmers continue to struggle with BPS applications

Staff Writer |
The NFU is urging the RPA to further simplify the BPS application process, increase support to applicants and address ongoing communications failures.

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A survey of NFU members shows that for the second year running too many had issues in applying for their BPS. Almost half of members (48%) struggled to submit their claims with ease.

The NFU believes these problems were magnified this year by erroneous mapping changes, incomplete and often inaccurate hedge data, and significant delays in getting assistance over the phone from the RPA.

The NFU BPS survey ran from 30 May to 26 June based on a representative statistical sample of our membership. It surveyed 443 members on a range of questions around BPS 2018 and communication, behaviour and historical issues.

The NFU survey also showed a continuing trend towards online applications which is to be welcomed.


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