8th July 2015
With just two days to go until the final deadlinefor Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claims, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) hasreceived 88,105 applications just over 850 of them in the penalty period.
The Agency has sent out final reminders via letterand email to those who have been emailed a BP5 application form but are yet toapply. Farmers who do not apply in the first year of BPS will lose theirentitlements.
The Agency is also reminding farmers that anyoneapplying between 16 June and 10 July loses 1% of the value of their claim forevery working day their form is delayed.
Farmers are also being contacted to ask them toprovide any missing information on their BP5 forms.
Applying for BPS 2015
Farmers can download forms and find moreinformation at www.gov.uk/rpa/bps.
Completed forms can be sent to Rural Payments PO Box 352 Worksop S80 9FG.Applicants are advised to use a signed-for service, ensuring they include allthe necessary documents in the envelope and use enough postage to cover theweight and size of the package.
Farmers can also take their forms to one of six RPAdrop-in centres up to 5pm on 10 July in Carlisle, Workington, Newcastle, York,Reading and Exeter. Anyone who needs support with making a claim can contactthe Rural Payments helpline on 03000 200 301, Monday to Friday, 8:30am- 5pm.