Single farm payment and cross-compliance legislation

Welcome to FWi’s round-up of the legislation associated with single farm payments.

To read all the news stories from FWi about SFPs then visit the Single Farm Payment Scheme special report.

The new single farm payment scheme was introduced in 2005 but operates differently in each of the four devolved regions.

Below are links to useful sources of information (last updated 1 February 2007):

ENGLAND:

A timeline from DEFRA showing key dates during the CAP reform process. Includes date when DEFRA secretary Margaret Beckett made her announcement regarding the policy details of the Single Payment Scheme.

Background information from DEFRA about the CAP reforms which explains how it replaced eleven individual schemes with one scheme know as the Single Payment Scheme.

Copy of the RPA’s Single Payment Scheme Guidance notes (2006 edition) as issued by the Rural Payments Agency. This booklet explains, who can apply, what land is eligible under SPS, the 10-month rule and about types of entitlements.

Copy of the cross-compliance handbook for 2006 as issued by the RPA. The booklet sets out the details of the Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) standards and the Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) farmers must comply with to claim SPS. Includes guidance on when you can cut hedgerows and in what circumstances you are excused from having 2m strips alongside hedges and watercourses.

Set-aside handbook and guidance for 2006 as issued by the Rural Payments Agency. This booklet explains the rules concerning set-aside under the SPS – how much and what type of land you should set aside and how you should manage it to qualify for payment.

Personalised pre-printed SPS application forms are usually posted to customers during March-April as part of that year’s application pack. This is an example of a blank SP5 form and continuation sheets.

Single Payment Scheme Frequently asked Questions as drawn up by the Rural Payments Agency. Answers queries about set-aside, late applications for payments, the Rural Land Register and the National Reserve.

SCOTLAND:

Outline of the Single Farm Payment scheme as it operates in Scotland. Explains the schemes that it replaced and there are links to subjects such as establishing and activating entitlements, set-aside entitlements and what is eligible land.

Single Farm Payment Scheme information leaflets from the Scottish Office. These cover 1) summary of the single farm payment scheme 2) changing your reference amount 3) land eligibility – the 10 month rule 4) information for agri-environment scheme participants changing your reference amount 5) scottish beef calf scheme 6) set aside land 7) cross compliance 8) transfer of payment entitlements.

Copy of the 2006 Single Application form from the Scottish Office.

Under the Freedom of Information Act details of the payments that are paid to each farm business in Scotland have been made available. The latest payment details for Scotland available are for 2005.

WALES:

Copy of the full Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2006. The official Statutory Instrument setting out the framework for the scheme. 

Background information about the introduction of the Welsh scheme. Includes an explanation of why the scheme was devised and an overview of the mechnics of the scheme.

Single Application Form – How to Complete Guide from the Welsh Assembly. Includes full detail of the Single Payment Scheme and also an explantion of the Tir Cynnal and Tir Mynydd agri-environment schemes.

Under the Freedom of Information Act details of the payments that have been made to farm businesses in Wales have been made available. The latest payment details for Wales available are for 2005.

NORTHERN IRELAND:

A complete list of Single Farm Payment guidance notes from DARD. Includes explanation of set-aside rules, cross-compliance and inspection regime.

Copy of DARD’s Single Farm Payment Application forms. Includes main form, Field Data Sheet and an application to transfer entitlements.

Set-aside Handbook and Guidance notes for 2006 from DARD. This handbook explains the rules concerning set-aside under the Single Farm Payment Scheme – how much and what type of land you should set aside and how you should manage it to qualify for payment.

Under the Freedom on Information Act details of the payments that have been made to farm businesses in Northern Ireland have been made available. The latest payment details for Northern Ireland that are available are for 2005.

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