RPA extends opening hours as BPS deadline nears

The Rural Payments Agency has extended the opening hours of its 50 drop-in centres to enable farmers to submit their Basic Payment Scheme applications.

Almost 60,000 completed forms have now been received by the RPA – but with one week remaining, farmers are urged to submit their BPS 2015 applications as soon as possible.

The agency is expecting about 86,000 forms to be returned.

Customer director Justin Chamberlain said: “At this stage, farmers and agents are advised to hand in their claim form at their nearest drop-in centre or mobile support unit, rather than rely on the postal service.

“If you do decide to post, be sure to use a signed-for, next-day delivery service.

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“If you have already posted your form to us, from this week you can now check if we have received it by using our automated service.

“Call our helpline on 03000 200 301 and have your SBI ready.”

Opening hours at most drop-in centres have been extended to include this weekend of 14-15 June and up to midnight on the final day (Monday 15 June).

Full details of locations and opening times can be found on the RPA’s interactive map

RPA advisers will also be attending the Cereals event and the Royal Three Counties Show to help farmers who have yet to apply.

In addition, mobile support units will be available to accept completed claim forms at the following locations:

  • 9 June Lyndhurst Community Centre (main car park, off high street), Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7NY – 3pm to 9pm    
  • 9 June Southern County Auctioneers, Salisbury Agricultural Centre, Salisbury Road, Netherhampton SP2 8RH – 9am to 2pm    
  • 10 June Truro Livestock Centre, Newquay Road, Truro TR1 1RH – 9am to 2pm    
  • 10 June Richardson & Smith, Ruswarp Market, Ruswarp, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 5JA – 9am to 2.30pm 
  • 10 June Barbers Auctions, Market Drayton Livestock Market, Adderley Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 3SW – 9.30am to 3pm 
  • 11 June Kington Livestock Market, Love Lane, Kington, Herefordshire HR5 3BT – 9am to 2pm    
  • 12 June Frome Livestock Auctioneers, Frome Market, Standerwick, Frome, Somerset BA11 2QB – 9.30am to 2.30pm      
  • 13 June Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Greenslade Taylor and Hunt, Somerset, North Petherton, TA6 6DF – 9am to 3pm    
  • 15 June Darlington farmers Auction Mart, Bank Top Mart, Clifton Road, Darlington DL1 5DU – 8am to 3pm    
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