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RPA delivers a further 11,300 BPS payments worth £320 million

The Rural Payments Agency has now paid two-thirds of farmers and more than half of the total BPS fund in England.
Two-thirds of farmers in England have now received their BPS payment
Two-thirds of farmers in England have now received their BPS payment

Around 57,700 farmers, about two thirds of eligible farmers, have now received their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2015 payment, the Rural Payments Agency has announced.

 

A further 11,300 claimants were paid a total £320 million over the weekend.

 

This takes the total amount paid out to farmers in England since the start of December’s payment window to £779 million, more than half the total estimated fund of £1.45 billion.

 

Wide range of claim sized paid

RPA chief executive Mark Grimshaw said: “We understand the importance of BPS payments for farmers and our priority has always been to pay as many farmers as quickly as possible.

 

“The RPA is working seven days a week to get these payments to farmers.

 

“A wide range of claim sizes have been paid to small, medium and large sized enterprises across England and in all sectors of the industry and claims will continue to be paid as they are checked and completed.”

 

The agency has committed to deliver the vast majority of payments by the end of January.

 

Make sure you are registered

The RPA is also urging those customers it has contacted about registration onto the Rural Payments system to do so because payments can only be made to registered farmers.

 

Any farmer who has yet to register, or whose bank details have changed, and wants help can call the Rural Services helpline on 03000 200 301.


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