Farmers could save £2.57m in SFP deductions by following correct-cross compliance procedures.
Each year around 1% of farmers subject to cross-compliance are inspected by the RPA. Those found not to have met standards may have their subsidy payment reduced.
The standard reduction for a negligent breach is 3% of payment receipts, though penalties can range from a warning letter to 5% reduction. An intentional breach carries a standard 20% deduction, though this can vary.
In 2011, 2,046 cross-compliance failures resulted in deductions of almost £2.57m from English SFP payments. The most common included:
|Cattle identification and registration (SMR 7)*||1,273|
|Sheep and goats identification||170|
|Animal welfare (SMR 18)||120|
|Soil protection review (GAEC 1)||88|
|Protection of hedgerows and watercourses (GAEC 14)||77|
|Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (SMR 4)|| |
|Food and feed law (SMR11)|| |
|Control of weeds (GAEC 11)|| |
|Restrictions on use of plant protection products (SMR 9)|| |
|Public rights of way (GAEC 8)|| |
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