CAP reform - we need decisions now

We, along with the Foundation for Common Land, the NFU and others have become increasingly concerned about how the new Basic Payment Scheme will be implemented on common land. We need decisions  soon before purdah starts at the end of March. Purdah is the pre-election period when central and local government can't make announcements about any new or controversial government initiatives. The Foundation for Common Land has recently written to the Defra Minster, George Eustace and we hope he listens.

What is bothering us?

  1. Rules to calculate "notional area" of common land are not yet known -  so commoners don't yet know if they have too many or too few entitlements and could either lose entitlements or payments
    Commoners cannot therefore determine whether they have the correct number of entitlements or not; they may have too many – and lose them - or too few and miss out on payments. - See more at: http://www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk/news/449-fcl-send-letter-to-defra-minister-george-eustace-outlining-concerns-about-bps#sthash.SijwbCwD.dpuf
  2. Dual use -  is the practice where, on the same parcel of land, there are a different claimants for agri-environment schemes and Basic Payment Scheme.Defra ministers are minded not to allow Dual Use for Countryside Stewardship. That would mean there only could be one claimant for BPS and Countryside Stewardship on a parcel of land. It seems that the principal reason to remove Dual Use is the fact that the new IT system cannot cope with the provision of Dual Use in respect of the new Countryside Stewardship scheme. We don't think this is an acceptable reason for the removal of Dual Use, especially as land tenure on common land is often complex.
  3. Mapping - the draft maps for common have not been sent out yet for checking, Supposedly they will arrive at the beginning of March, just when commoners are getting ready for/ started  lambing - great timing guys!

For more details see Foundation for Common Land letter

The Foundation has become increasingly concerned about how the new Basic Payment Scheme will be implemented on common land. We have  written to the Minster, George Eustace and hope to get some answers soon - See more at: http://www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk/news/449-fcl-send-letter-to-defra-minister-george-eustace-outlining-concerns-about-bps#sthash.1KfdExGU.dpuf
The Foundation has become increasingly concerned about how the new Basic Payment Scheme will be implemented on common land. We have  written to the Minster, George Eustace and hope to get some answers soon - See more at: http://www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk/news/449-fcl-send-letter-to-defra-minister-george-eustace-outlining-concerns-about-bps#sthash.1KfdExGU.dpuf
The Foundation has become increasingly concerned about how the new Basic Payment Scheme will be implemented on common land. We have  written to the Minster, George Eustace and hope to get some answers soon - See more at: http://www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk/news/449-fcl-send-letter-to-defra-minister-george-eustace-outlining-concerns-about-bps#sthash.1KfdExGU.dpuf