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RPA ditches online Basic Payment Scheme after 'technical difficulties'

24th March, 2015

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has ditched plans to require farmers in England to make Basic Payment Scheme claims online. Clayton & Brewill’s farm accountancy specialist Doug Perry explains.

A number of our farming and landowner clients have had problems with the online Basic Payment Scheme, particularly the mapping element, and it was increasingly clear that the system was not fit-for-purpose.

The RPA announced on Thursday 19 March that the online system would be replaced by the tried and trusted paper application system version. Farmers will not be asked to enter any further data online now, although data that has already been entered onto the system has been saved and will be used.

So it's out with the new.. in with the old..

Any farmer or landowner who has not managed to successfully navigate the online system will now need to make a paper-based application. The blank BPS claim form and the RLE1 form can be downloaded here:

The RPA suggests that farmers who need to map new features should use the blank form to prepare their claim. The RPA will then send out pre-populated forms during April for completion and submission before the end of the application window. Forms can be sent through the post or submitted at one of the RPA drop-in centres.

Application deadline extended to 15 June

On the subject of the application deadline, there was confirmation from Parliament today (24 March) that the deadline has been extended to 15 June, giving an extra month for claims to be completed.

Fast-tracking for simple claims

For farm businesses with little change to their land and with straightforward claims, for example if you are exempt from greening measures; have fewer than 10 hectares, or at least 75 per cent permanent pasture; you will have the option of being fast-tracked and should receive an email from the RPA during April.

Have you registered yet?

Even though your claim will now be made using the paper system you do still need to register. If you are one of the 15% of farmers and landowners who are still to register, you can call the RPA helpline on 03000 200 301.

For help with your claim or any aspect of your farm accoutancy, tax or payroll matters please contact Clayton & Brewill on 0115 950 3044 or by email.

You can also find a wealth of information and regular updates on the NFU's dedicated pages here


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