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'All but the most complex BPS claims will be made by the end of the month', Welsh Government states.

The Welsh Government has assured BPS claimants that while 90 per cent of the payments have now been processed, all but the most complex will be paid by the end of March.
Anyone without payment by the end of the month will receive a personalised letter explaining why
Anyone without payment by the end of the month will receive a personalised letter explaining why

More than 90 per cent of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments in Wales have now been processed and, according to the Welsh Government, all but the most complex claims will be paid by the end of the month.

 

It also says the final 20 per cent installments will be made in April in line with its published target.

 

Any eligible farm business that has not received a BPS part payment by the end of this month, will receive a personalised letter in early April explaining why they have not been paid and detailing any outstanding issues.

 

Reasoning

 

Reasons could include cross border cases with commons or inspections in England, and outstanding Grant of Probate.

 

Once processing is complete these post-March cases will receive a single full payment.

 

Food and Farming Deputy Minister, Rebecca Evans, added that the 2016 Single Application Form (SAF) and transfer and lease of entitlements facility were now available on RPW Online.

 

Online service improvements

 

“The online service has again been improved to make it easier and quicker for farm businesses to make their claims,” she said.

 

“It has the benefit of built-in validation checks during the completion of the SAF with warnings and failure messages given as appropriate as entries are made, as well as access to farm maps, and the ability to make changes to the map which links to the field data in the application.

 

“The deadline to submit a SAF is May 16 and this year is available online only so if farm businesses have any queries or need help they should contact the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 062 5004.”

 

Digital assistance meeting

 

Farmers who were unable to access online services independently could arrange a digital assistance meeting at Welsh Government regional offices to complete their SAF.

 

Meetings could be arranged by calling the Customer Contact Centre and should be done by March 15 to guarantee an appointment.

 

“I have also asked RPW to implement a new optional provision, introduced by the European Commission for this year, whereby they will carry out preliminary checks to help farm businesses avoid over declaration penalties, where differences have been found between their claim and our mapping,” said Mrs Evans.

 

“RPW will write to farmers with mismatches by June 13 and farm businesses will have until June 21 to respond if they wish to alter their claim.

 

Appeals

 

“Where we have received appeals against area deductions of SAF 2015 these are progressing, although RPW is prioritising the processing of part-payments in the first instance.

 

“We aim to complete the majority of appeals received by the end of February by the end March and the rest within the SAF 2016 submission period.”

 


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