Rooted in Cumbria

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is a member-led organisation dedicated to promoting commoning in Cumbria. Our overall aim is to maintain and improve the viability of hill farming on common land.

We want this website to:

  • Inform you about new issues in commoning
  • Let you know what we are doing
  • Make our voice heard all over the world and much more

Unsatisfactory and bland response from Minister to our letter

Our previous post on this website constained a copy of the e-mail we sent to Liz Tuss, Minister Defra. Yesterday (11th May) we received the following reply:

Dear Viv

Thank you for your email of 25 April 2016 regarding the Basic Payment Scheme and representations you have received from the Federation of Cumbria Commoners and the National Sheep Association. We also received this correspondence from Tim Farron MP.  I am forwarding below the response that was issued to Mr Farron.

FCC letter asking for assurance that RPA wil play fair

We have just written to Liz Truss, Secretary of State Defra, Mark Grimshaw, CEO of RPA and our local MPs. We are asking for answers as to why no commoner has received their BPS 2015 payment yet. With the deadline for BPS 2016 applications coming up quickly, and commoners not having sight of their 2015 payment scehdule, we want assurances that their BPS 2016 claims will not be penalised as a result of RPA's maladministration.

Below is the text of the letter. We'll let you know when we get a response.

Dear Ms Truss,

RPA announce bridging payment

In case you haven’t heard, yesterday Mark Grimshaw announced that RPA will be making 50% bridging payments to commoners and others who haven’t received a BPS15 payment yet – see .

Commons farmers demand honesty from RPA over BPS payments

The Federation along with representatives of commons farmers are calling the Rural Payments Agency to be ’straight’ with commoners after they have failed to deliver on promises over the Basic Payment Scheme.

Julia Aglionby of the Foundation for Common Land, and a member of our commitee, warned the RPA's failings had put commons farmers, already facing a serious struggle, under ’extreme financial pressure’. She accused agency chief executive Mark Grimshaw falsely raising commoners’ hopes over the timing of their much-needed payment.

RPA even further away from paying BPS 15 on commons

A press release from RPA yesterday revealed that around 3,500 claims from landowners with rights to common land are yet to be paid.

Commoners continue to bear the brunt of the RPA  fiasco and unfortunately there is not much light at the end tunnel.

NSA highlights potential threats of Lynx rewilding

Ahead of the impending application for permission to trial the release of Eurasian lynx into the wild in this country, proposed by the Lynx Trust UK in 2015, the National Sheep Association (NSA) has launched a new report - The wider consequences of the introduction of Eurasian lynx to the UK

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