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BPS 2015 correction payments still not right

Claims from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) that all correction payments have now been completed for BPS 2015 have been disputed by the NFU.



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BPS 2015 correction payments still not right

Richard Wordsworth, senior BPS adviser at the union, said: “We have had a stream of people saying the RPA have not looked at their claim, or they have and the figures are wrong.

 

“These people are understandably concerned about the numbers and how they will affect their pay for 2016.”

 

The NFU has been calling for claim statements to be sent out to farmers so they can see the breakdown of their payments and better understand any deductions or disallowances, but it seems the Government has rejected the demand.

 

In answer to a written question about improving the level of information provided to farmers, minister George Eustice said updated guidance would be available on the GOV.UK website for BPS 2016.

 

Mr Wordsworth added: “People are asking the RPA for information to understand why their payment is less than expected, and whilst information on a website will tell you how the maths works, it will not tell you why your payment is for 10 or 20 hectares less than expected.

 

“Adding this information to the site is good and we are not knocking it, but for a claim which is unique to you, it will not give you the information you require so it will not answer all concerns.”

 

An RPA spokesperson said: “The reconciliation of 2015 BPS payments started after the 2016 BPS application window closed, looking at an initial 13,600 payments. This has now been completed and confirmation letters continue to be sent to farmers.
“RPA will investigate new queries which customers raise and make any top-up payments due followed by remittance advice and revised claim statement.”

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