Over 85,500 applications for 2016 BPS submitted by deadlineStaff writer ▼ | May 19, 2016
With over 85,500 applications submitted on time for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is reminding anyone yet to apply that they can still do so until midnight on June 10.
Farming in Britain A 1% penalty for each working day
Farmers can still make certain amendments until midnight 31 May without being penalised. Some changes can still be made after this date but may be liable to a penalty.
RPA received more than 69,100 online applications for BPS 2016 ahead of the deadline.
More than 16,400 additional paper applications have also been received – and this figure may increase as the Agency continues to collate applications received through its support centres and post during deadline day.
In addition, Natural England has received 97% of Environmental Stewardship claims so far and over 93% of Countryside Stewardship claims.
RPA is encouraging farmers who may have an outstanding query, or are waiting for the balance of their 2015 payment, to still apply as soon as they can – using the latest information they have available – to avoid incurring the 1% per working day penalty.
Farmers yet to apply can continue get assistance at five online support centres open across England, via the Rural Services Helpline and advice and guidance available on GOV.UK. ■