Two thirds of BPS payments made to farmers in England

Published December 11th, 2018

More than 65 per cent of farmers in England received their 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money on the first day of the payment window (December 3) and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) says at least 90 per cent of payments are on track to be made by the end of December.

Payments on December 3 were made to 55,179 of eligible claimants of all types and sizes, worth more than £853.6 million in total.

In Wales, more than 95 per cent of farm businesses have been paid either their BPS claims or BPS loan applications during the first week of the payment window.

Mark Morison at Berrys said claim payments can be delayed for a number of reasons, including recent cross compliance inspections or if there is a cross border claim.

“We are also aware of a number of clients whose claims have been subject to remote sensing inspections, with reported data containing errors, particularly in regard to greening hedge lengths. This has inevitably led to payment delay,” said Mark.

BPS payments are made direct to bank accounts via BACS transfer so farmers should make sure the RPA has the most up-to-date account details. Once a payment has been made a remittance advice is sent in the post, confirming the amount paid. Claim statements will also be sent, explaining how payments have been worked out.

For assistance contact Mark Morision at Berrys on 01743 290647 email

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More about Mark Morison

Chartered Surveyor
Tel: 01743 290647

Mark joined Berrys as a partner in July 2015. He comes from a farming background and has worked as a rural practice chartered surveyor in Shropshire and mid Wales since 1997. He is a member and accredited Valuer of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants. He is a past chairman and current examiner for the West Midlands Group of Agricultural Valuers and a past chairman of the Shropshire, Montgomeryshire and District Agricultural Valuers Association.

Mark has vast experience in a range of professional services including valuations, landlord and tenant matters, Common Agricultural Policy and rural land management. He is an experienced rural property practitioner conversant with the RICS Practice Statement and Guidance Notes – ‘Surveyors acting as Expert Witnesses’ and the provisions of the Civil Procedure Rules Part 35 and the Arbitration Act 1996 and also a panel Valuer for a number of High Street banks, including Barclays Bank PLC and Lloyds Bank PLC.