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

Good news - 2016 BPS Payments on their Way to Commoners

We have heard from the Foundation for Common Land (FCL) today that Defra Ministers have authorised the RPA to make BPS payments to as many commoners as possible by the end of December 2016. This includes commoners who have unresolved issues with their 2015 payments.

RPA are slowly paying commoners waiting for their full BPS 2015 payment

We have worked with the Foundation for Common Land (FCL), the National Farmers Union, the Country Landowners Association, Yorkshire Federation, Dartmoor Commoners Council and others to put pressure on RPA to complete BPS 2015 payments for commoners. At the end of November 1200 commoners (many in Cumbria) were still waiting for their full payment.

Restarting the process to establish a Commons Council for Cumbria

Brexit is a game changer for agriculture. The government of the United Kingdom will have to develop its own policy towards farming and rural land use to replace the Common Agricultural Policy. If commoning is to remain viable in this post-Brexit world, then commoners need to have a voice in the design of new agricultural policy and systems of payment. We believe a commons council for Cumbria is now more necessary than ever. It will give us better chance of getting heard and help us maintain the commons and promote good standards of livestock husbandry.

Meeting with RPA, Friday 25th November

We have had a response to our joint letter from the NFU, CLA and the Federation to Mark Grimshaw, CEO of RPA - see below. We will be meeting Paul Caldwell Operations Director, RPA in Carlisle on November 25th.

NFU will be puting together a number of questions that we want answers to on the day. If you have any suggestions, please get in touch.

George Eustice may believe that commoners have received their BPS 2015, but this isn't the case

It was reported in the Cumberland News that George Eustice, Minister of State, Defra told the audience at the Northern Farmer Conference in Hexham, last week that as far as he was aware all commoners had now received their 2015 farm payments. We know that this is not true, but then he may have been misreported.

Today I sent him the following e-mail and I will post his response when I receive it. 

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.

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