Errors in BPS payments on commons coming to light

The RPA has recently published a pdf showing the BPS eligible areas of English commons and the total livestock units available. It can be found here.

The Foundation for Common Land undertook a closer inspection of the data for North Cumbria and found errors in 13 entries resulting in more than £500,000 not being paid for 2015. Please note this was only a sample and there are bound to be more mistakes. Commoners should check the table to see if their allocated area is correct.

The Foundation has written to the Secretary of State, Angela Leadsom pointing out the substantive problems that remain with the payment of BPS 2015 on common land. We have endorsed this letter along with a number of farming organisations. You can read the letter here.