Get ready for 2017 Basic Payment claim
Published February 28th, 2017
With the application period for claiming the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) opening on March 1, chartered surveyor Charlotte Rogerson at Berrys is urging farmers to check all data is correct beforehand so that any inaccuracies can be remedied in good time.
The BPS online application system is due to go live in England from March 1 and in Wales from March 6. All applications must be submitted by May 15.
“More than 95 per cent of 2016 BPS payments have now been made and most claim statements have been sent out, which farmers should check through carefully for any errors preferably before making their 2017 application,” Charlotte said.
“They should check that the correct amount has been paid, the number of entitlements has been recorded accurately and if any penalties have been made for over declaration/under declaration or greening.
“Look at the area you claimed and compare it to the area that the RPA found eligible as this is one of the main problems. If the RPA system thinks that the land cover as registered in the mapping system LPIS doesn’t tally with the land use code on your application you are unlikely to be paid on that parcel without the RPA informing you.
“For example, if a land use code is permanent pasture online but the land use code on the application is an arable code then the system may refuse the parcel from your application and subsequent payment.”
“Farmers can check the entitlements on the new online entitlement checker system but there have been a few instances of it not working properly, so keep trying,” she advised.
Any errors found on the 2016 claim should be reported immediately to the RPA via a ‘BPS Payment Query Form’ so that a Post Payment Adjustment can be made or contact Berrys to help as ideally these discrepancies should try to be resolved before the 2017 claim deadline so the errors don’t move into another year.
As last year any entitlement and land transfers need to be recorded online and in terms of greening, the major change for 2017 is that buffers strips against water courses have to be available in ALL fields, including fields of less than two hectares, as these are no longer exempt from that cross compliance rule.
If you applied on paper and didn’t use an agent in 2016, the RPA will send you a paper BP5 application form again this year.
For further help contact Charlotte Rogerson at the Shrewsbury office of Berrys on 01743 290642 email: firstname.lastname@example.org