Online SPS forms overtake paper forms – RPA

Electronic submission of single farm payment application forms has become more popular than using paper forms for farmers in England.

Latest figures from the Rural Payments Agency reveal it had received more than 99,481 SPS applications by 15 May of which 55,332 were made electronically and 44,149 on paper.

In 2012, 42,000 out of a total of 105,000 claims were submitted online and 97% of people who used the system said they would recommend it to a friend.

RPA customer services director Justin Chamberlain said: “It is great to see that thousands more of our customers have chosen to make their SPS applications electronically this year.

“People are realising that the system is quick and easy to use and that it saves them valuable time.”

The SPS application closing date was 15 May but the final number of applicants is likely to increase.

The figures released by the RPA do not include any forms submitted to drop-in centres on the 15 May and any late applications.

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