The NFU has urged farmers to submit their 2020 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications ahead of the June 15 deadline to ease pressure on the Rural Payments Agency.
Due to Covid-19, the annual claim deadline for submitting both BPS claims and agri-environment annual revenue claims to the RPA was extended by one month, from May 15 to June 15.
But NFU senior BPS adviser, Richard Wordsworth, has encouraged farmers to submit claims as ‘early as possible’ to ease pressure on the RPA ‘further down the line’.
He said: “The quicker the remaining claims get to the RPA, the more time they will have to process the claims ahead of the payment window opening in December."
For farmers who have already submitted their 2020 claim, Mr Wordsworth has stressed the importance of ‘one final check’.
He added: “If you have submitted your claim, that is good to hear, but have you carried out that one final check?
“Or have you clarified any information on the application form, or what you need to submit?
“It is now critical to do this.
“Sadly each year we come across cases where a little more care when the application was being put together would have avoided adverse financial impact later on, be that a lower or a late payment.”
NFU members can access a briefing which outlines important information on amending a BPS application and the changes to the BPS deadlines for 2020.