To claim BPS from 2015 onwards you will be required to follow a series of steps through the online CAP Information Service (you will no longer be able to apply by post). It is essential that you register for the new system as soon as it opens to prevent delays in your 2015 payments.
With the introduction of the new scheme there will be more complications, as well as the new online application system for farmers to deal with, which we will be able to guide farmers through.
WebbPaton are able to assist you with one small part of the process or we offer a complete BPS service, setting you up on the new system and completing your claim from start to finish. We will also be offering a cross compliance checking service for BPS. Please contact us on 01793 842055 if you would like assistance with BPS.
The Rural Payments Agency are continuing to gently roll out the registration process for the new Basic Payment Scheme as they iron out problems with it. This means a delay, as agents such as WebbPaton will register in the next 3 to 4 weeks, and farmers will receive registration packs probably in January.
It is vitally important that you register for BPS as soon as you receive your pack to make sure all is well in advance of making your claim. Registration is going to be done online, so if you have any problems with this you need to contact the RPA or ourselves as early as possible to see what help you can receive.
The ability to make changes to the register via Entitlement transfers looks likely to commence in February once both parties have registered, however WebbPaton can help farmers to agree a deal to buy or sell entitlements in advance of this. For further information call 01793 842055.
WebbPaton will once again be hosting our highly successful Farm Business Updates in 2015. Invitations will be arriving with farmers and their rural professionals over the next few weeks.
Obviously, high on the agenda will be the 2015 CAP reform and its implications, covering the rules around greening, definitions of active farmers and new entrants, and the new environmental Countryside Stewardship Scheme. Other matters include renewables, rents, planning matters and the implications of the general election result.
The dates for your diary are:
28th January at North Wilts Golf Club, Bishops Cannings near Devizes
29th January at Chippenham Golf Club, Malmesbury Road, Chippenham
2nd & 3rd February at Wrag Barn Golf Club at Highworth, Swindon
5th February at The Wiltshire Golf Club, Vastern, Wootton Bassett
Doors open at 6.30pm. A complimentary hot supper is available after the meeting. To book your place just call us on 01793 842055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.