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Wales confirms success of BPS 'online-only' applications

09 June 2016

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the first year of BPS 'online-only' applications has been a success with 16,252 applications received by 16th May 2016 deadline. Further information is available on the Welsh Government website.

UK Interest Rates held at 0.5%

14 July 2016

14th July 2016: The Bank of England has held UK interest rates at 0.5%, despite speculation that they may have been cut.

Therese Coffey appointed as junior Defra minister

18 July 2016

Therese Coffey has been appointed as a junior minister at Defra to replace Rory Stewart, who has moved to the Department for International Development. Details of Dr Coffey's role have not yet been confirmed, but the post previously included responsibility for floods, the natural environment and rural affairs.

Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary resigns in Cabinet reshuffle

18 May 2016

The Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has resigned from the Cabinet and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has appointed Fergus Ewing as Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity and Roseanna Cunningham as Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. . A full list of the new Scottish Cabinet can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Scottish Government announces Farming Hardship Scheme

14 February 2016

Scotland's Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has announced the provision of a Farming Hardship scheme to assist farmers and crofters with accessing loans whilst awaiting their BPS 2015 payment. Whilst speaking at the National Farmers Union of Scotland annual conference last week, he confirmed that over 7,300 BPS 2015 claimants had been paid (out of a total of over 18,000 claims). Details of the Farming Hardship scheme are awaited. Please see the Rural Payments and Services website for further information.

Scotland issues update on BPS 2015 payments

30 January 2016

The Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has confirmed that over 5,000 claimants should now have received a first instalment of their BPS 2015 payment (75% Basic Payment and 90% Greening). This represents almost 30 per cent of the total claimant population in Scotland (approximately18,000). Further information is available on the Scottish Government website. Where there are hardship cases, the customer helpline should be contacted on 0300 300 2222.

Scotland has made BPS 2015 payments to more than 17,700 claimants

01 July 2016

The Scottish Rural Economy Secretary has today confirmed that over 17,700 claimants have received their BPS 2015 payment. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.

Scotland awards £2 million to projects under the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund

16 February 2016

The Scottish Government has awarded £2 million to fund farming projects under the Rural Development Programme's Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF). Grants have been awarded to:

  • QMS and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds for the establishment of 9 innovative Monitor Farms in Scotland
  • SAC Commercial for a project looking at improbving lamb survival and farm profitability
  • SAOS for a pilot of an innovative and interative farm-focused lean management approach
  • AHDB Potatoes to develop a Strategic Potato Farm 
  • Wholesome Pigs Scotland Ltd to develop innovative uses of emerging technologies to improve pig production.

Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.

RPA should have made BPS 2015 payments to "almost all" farmers by the end of March

23 February 2016

The RPA has issued a further news release this afternoon confirming that "almost all" BPS 2015 claimants should have received a payment by the end of March 2016. As of today, 70,880 claimants had been paid £1.11 billion. The news release can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

RPA launches Rural Payments service for BPS 2016 applications

07 March 2016

The Rural Payments service has been made available for farmers and agents to start online BPS 2016 applications. It is now possible to view and transfer land and entitlements, as well as check personal and business details and give permission for someone else to submit the BPS 2016 claim. It will not be possible to submit completed claims until around mid-March. Further details are available on the GOV.UK website.

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