Get ready for the 2019 Basic Payment Scheme application

Published February 6th, 2019

With the application period for completing 2019 Basic Payment claims fast approaching, chartered surveyors at Berrys are urging farmers and land managers to get prepared now.

The deadline for applications will be Wednesday, May 15, 2019. In England the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will make functionality for English claims available on March 13. In Wales, The Welsh BPS 2019 Single Application Form (SAF) will be available on Rural Payment Wales (RPW) Online from Tuesday, March 5.

“Now is the time to make sure greening elements can be met when completing your 2019 application,” said Sarah Reece, a partner at the Shrewsbury office of Berrys.

“For crop diversification rules you need to meet the minimum cropping requirements based on the area of arable land and Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) need to be in place (equivalent to five per cent of arable area). Different EFA features have different weighting factors for calculating EFAs.”

The vast majority of applicants will have been paid their 2018 Basic Payment and 2018 English Claim Statements are being issued. Sarah advises checking these Claim Statements carefully, particularly on the back of remote sensing work to ensure 2018 payments are correct. Also check the number of entitlements carefully. If any data is found to be incorrect then raise the issue immediately with RPA to get in the queue for the post payment amendment process. The RPA confirmed that 93.4 per cent of claimants were paid by end of December 2018.

If you haven’t been paid yet Defra has said that claimants not paid by the end of March will get a bridging payment worth 75 per cent of their claim.

“In England the RPA is undertaking a Proactive Land Change Detection mapping programme therefore the Rural Payments System will start to generate messages informing farmers of mapping changes,” Sarah explained.

“These should be checked carefully to ensure that the mapping updates are correct. If you need to make amendments this can be done using RLE1 Form as in England there is still no electronic method of making mapping updates.”

The RPA has made online land and entitlement transfer functionality so you can prepare in advance for submitting transfers of land and/or entitlements if you have sold or let any land.

Berrys has a team of people operating from all offices who can assist with English, Welsh and cross border applications. We can discuss any queries you have even with previous claims and raise matters with RPA or RPW.

For further details contact Sarah Reece at the Shrewsbury office of Berrys on 01743 267068 or email

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More about Sarah Reece

Chartered Surveyor
Tel: 01743 267068
Mobile: 07770 405765

Sarah joined Berrys in 2003 having obtained an honours degree in Rural Estate Management from Seale Hayne. She was appointed partner at the Shrewsbury office in 2017 and her work focuses on property sales (farms, land and equestrian properties), valuations (for banks, lending institutions and private clients), agricultural landlord and tenant law, compulsory purchase and compensation and general rural property advice including Basic Payment Scheme applications.

Away from work Sarah’s interests are horse riding, racing and farming.