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The Rural Payments Agency is writing to all 88,000 applicants for the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme which sets out what they can expect over the coming months.

The leaflet Basic Payment Scheme: What happens next? explains when and how farmers should hear about the status of their claims.

The RPA says the aim is that anyone who submitted an RLE1 form will be contacted from October to let them know when their land or entitlement transfer is complete.

The agency will also contact the person they are transferring to.

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In November it will announce the payment rates for BPS (entitlement values and the greening payment rate) and the young farmer payment.

It will also contact anyone who has applied for entitlements to tell them whether their application has been successful.

Payments are due to start from 1 December and the agency says it is aiming to make the majority of payments by 31 December.

“Once we’ve made a payment, we’ll send a remittance advice which will show the amount paid. If someone isn’t going to be paid before the end of January 2016, we’ll contact them.

“We’ll explain why, and let them know when we’re aiming to make their payment.”

The document adds that it aims to make the vast majority of payments by 31 January and anyone not paid by the end of the month will be contacted too.

Fraud warning

Applicants are also being reminded to be aware of potential fraudsters.

“In the past, banks have warned that fraudsters – pretending to be from their bank’s fraud department – may try to target farmers who receive subsidy payments,” says the document.

“The same fraudulent activity could take place this year, so remain aware – particularly as December approaches and payments start.”

Farmers are being reminded that:

  • Banks will never ask you for your full online password
  • Banks will not ask you to make a payment over the phone using your online account.
  • If you get a call from someone claiming to be from your bank (or any other organisation), make sure it’s genuine. End the call then wait five minutes and call them back on a number you know is correct (not a number they’ve given you).