Farmers advised to act soon on RPA scheme changes

Claimants must enrol anew online for the Basic Payment Scheme by the Rural Payment Agency

David Quayle, director of H&H Land and Property
David Quayle, director of H&H Land and Property

North East farmers are being encouraged to get to grips with the Government’s new Basic Payment Scheme online system as soon as possible.

The Rural Payment Agency (RPA) has announced the new scheme will start in January 2015, with the body requesting registrations from around the end of August.

Similar to the previous system, every hectare of eligible land has to be matched with a hectare of entitlement in order to claim. All current entitlements will be rolled forward into the new scheme.

However, as David Quayle, director of H&H Land and Property, said: “This is a new process, and all previous login details will not be used.

“Every claimant must be enrolled anew. With this applying to every farmer in the country, it is clearly going to be a very time-consuming exercise so we advise claimants to register as soon as practically possibly once the online system is open.”

The complexity of the new system is further increased by the fact that major re-mapping will be necessary, with ineligible features now having to be mapped.

Payment areas are likewise changing, with the Non-SDA and SDA areas being merged into one.

Under the new system, non-SDA claimants will have their payments slightly reduced while SDA claimants will see them increased. Moorland claimants, for example, can look to have their payments doubled. However, figures for each area are yet to be released.

Quayle added: “H&H Land and Property have been submitting online applications for claimants for a number of years and even though the new online system is as yet unknown, this manner of submission is nothing new to us.

“We are offering to enrol claimants at in our satellite offices at several of our Harrison and Hetherington marts throughout the North of England for a minimal charge. Staff are also available at both our Carlisle and Durham offices.”

One-to-one SPS workshops will be held at Broughton Auction Mart on August 26 and September 9; Kirkby Stephen Auction Mart on September 2 and September 12; Lazonby Auction Mart on September 10 and September 11; and at Middleton in Teesdale on September 19 and September 26.

To register online, basic documentary proof of identity details - such as a National Insurance Number, passport or utility bill - will be required.

For more information, contact H&H on 0191 370 8530, 01228 406 260 or info@hhland.co.uk

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer