CAP Reform 2013

Damning government report on the failures of the Basic Payment Scheme

Hill farmers and commoners, in particuar, have been badly treated by the RPA. We urge the RPA to heed the finding and recomendations of report from the Public Accounts Commitee released today and not to repeat these mistakes in 2016. The report highlights inexcusable failures for the delay in payments. The summary states that:

BPS claims on common land are unlikley to get paid till February 2016

Mark Grimshaw, CEO of the Rural Payments Agency announced at the NFU Council Meeting on 13th October  that common land BPS claimants are complex cases so unlikely to receive payments until February 2016 at the earliest.

Dual use to continue in Countryside Stewardship

'Dual use’, which allows farmers to claim funding from different CAP schemes on the same land, will continue to be available Farming Minister George Eustice announced on Monday (21st  September).

We welcome this decision as commoners will be able to continue delivering conservation needs through environmental stewardship schemes and receive  Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)  payments on the same common. Also this decision should ensure that the existing Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application process is un-interrupted and payments are delivered on time.

Latest CAP leaflet includes important details on active farmer rule

Key information about active farmer rules and land uses and features included in new CAP Countdown leaflet.

Farmers in England with at least 36 hectares of eligible land will qualify as an active farmer under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)

New Countryside Stewardship what's in it for commoners and hill farmers in general?

A new introductory leaflet to Countryside Stewardship has just been published. We thought you would be interested so please see the link below.

Our first impressions is that Countryside Stewardship appears so focused on biodiversity there is little room for financially supporting the delivery of any other outcomes. Landscape, cultural heritage and access are the very poor relations in this current round of CAP. This is not good news for hill farmers.


The main points in relation to commons seem to be:

Latest Defra CAP reform leaflet is published

This leaflet provides more details on the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).  This includes information on the active farmer rules, the national reserve for BPS entitlements and important information for new and young farmers on their potential eligibility for new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlements and how they can find out whether they are eligible to claim for top up payments worth up to 25 per cent of the average value of their entitlements.

Federation supports moving money up the hill

The Federation has sent a letter to the Editor of the Farmers Guardian defending Defra plans to move CAP money uphill.

The letter was in response to an article that appeared last week's Farmers Guardian outlining the fact that the NFU is suggesting that proposed 82.3 per cent increase in the moorland rate is ‘disproportionately large. The NFU goes on to say

The Federation responds to CAP consultation

The Federation has responded to the Defra consultation on the future CAP. Below are some of the main points we made.

Defra publishes plans for CAP reform – we plan to respond and would like your views

Defra’s CAP reform consultation is out and will seek views on a wide range of policy areas. The document is available on-line.

Update of CAP negotiations

Taken from NSA Members’ Update 28th June 2013

Political agreement was finally reached on the future CAP after The Commission, The Council, and the EU Parliament came to an agreement this Wednesday the 26th June.  The deal is yet to be formally approved by Council and EU Parliament and there are still some outstanding issues to be dealt with, in particular the moving of funds between Pillar 1 and 2, rates of member state co-financing and the question of capping large payments.

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