Every eligible claimant in England has now received a 2015 Basic Payment Scheme Payment (BPS).
More than 7,000 farmers have now been paid bridging payments of around 50 per cent of estimated total BPS payment.
Together with over 90 percent of farmers who had received a full BPS payment by the end of April, all eligible farmers have now received a payment, according to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).
Announced two weeks ago, the bridging payments to remaining farmers were made to help with cash flow pressures, after the agency failed to deliver on its promise to have delivered ’almost all’ eligible claims by the end of March.
RPA chief executive Mark Grimshaw said: “These payments have been made by the end of April, as promised, to help remaining applicants facing financial pressures."
The RPA has said it will pay the balances on the bridging payments during May and June.
The focus will now switch to the May 16 BPS 2016 deadline. With a fortnight to go, the agency is urging farmers to get their forms in as soon as possible.
Mr Grimshaw said: “With around 55 per cent of anticipated 2016 claims already submitted or underway, we are helping those still to apply to meet the 16 May deadline."
All farmers should complete their application before the deadline even if they are waiting for the balance of the 2015 payment, the agency said.
Once verified, the system will automatically update their claim with any new information.”
Full help and guidance is available at GOV.UK/rpa/bps2016 and there are also 14 support centres that are open for walk in visits and pre-booked appointments - locations and opening times can be seen here.