BPS payment target at 68% for farmers in England

Some 59,000 farmers in England – representing 68% of eligible claimants – have now received their 2016 Basic Payment.

The payments are worth a total of £822m, said the Rural Payments Agency on Tuesday (13 December).

They include a range of 2016 BPS claim types and sizes, including young farmers, those inspected and farmers with common land.

See also: 2016 BPS payments – what you need to know

The agency said it remained focused on meeting its target of paying 90% of eligible claims by the end of December.

Basic payments are made direct into bank accounts via BACS transfer, it added.

The agency said this meant farmers should ensure the agency had their most up-to-date account details. Details can be changed on the Rural Payments service.

Once a payment has been made a remittance advice is sent in the post, confirming the amount paid. More information on BPS 2016, including scheme rules and details of how payments are calculated, is available on the government’s RPA website.

Farmers Weekly is awaiting a response from the agency on progress with claims still to be paid from 2015.

BPS Watch – keeping tabs on payments

Ongoing delays in 2015 support payments caused huge cashflow problems, stress and anxiety for thousands of farmers.

That is why Farmers Weekly has launched “BPS Watch”, designed to hold Defra and the Rural Payments Agency to account for their promises.

Our initiative – which will also cover Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – will focus on farmers and feature regular stories and payment updates, as we strive to keep government departments and agencies on track.

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