Claims submitted during the penalty period after the 16 May deadline will incur a 1% penalty for each working day they are late so getting them in quickly is important. Farmers can still make certain amendments until midnight 31 May without being penalised. Some changes can still be made after this date but may be liable to a penalty.
RPA received more than 69,100 online applications for BPS 2016 ahead of the deadline. More than 16,400 additional paper applications have also been received – and this figure may increase as the Agency continues to collate applications received through its support centres and post during deadline day.
In addition, Natural England has received 97% of Environmental Stewardship claims so far and over 93% of Countryside Stewardship claims.
To date over 86,200 (99%) farmers have received a claim or bridging payment on their BPS 2015 claim.
RPA is encouraging farmers who may have an outstanding query, or are waiting for the balance of their 2015 payment, to still apply as soon as they can – using the latest information they have available – to avoid incurring the 1% per working day penalty.
Farmers yet to apply can continue get assistance at five online support centres open across England, via the Rural Services Helpline and advice and guidance available on GOV.UK.
Find more information here.
Chief Executive of the RPA Mark Grimshaw said:
“I am pleased that over 85,500 applications were received ahead of the 16 May deadline with such a high proportion – 3 out of 4 claims – submitted online, including a number who switched from paper to online.
“The Rural Payments Service worked well, and continues to do so to enable farmers to make their applications on time and to make certain changes without penalty until 31 May.
“I would urge anyone yet to make their application for 2016 to do so as soon as possible before 10 June so they don’t miss out.”