The RPA is changing the way they make annual revenue payments to Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreement holders. These changes will take effect immediately and are part of a drive to improve the performance of the schemes.

Instead of there being two payments (an advance payment of 75% claim value followed by a final payment of 25%), 2019 CS and ES annual revenue claims should receive a single payment for 100% of the value. This should reduce duplication of work in processing claims to issue advance and final payments and it is hoped will improve payment performance by the RPA. It should also make it much simpler for agreement holders to check that their payment is correct.

Payments for 2019 should be made between December 2019 and June 2020. This is in line with the Basic Payment Scheme payment window.

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