BPS 2019: Payment Exchange Rate Confirmed

BPS 2019: Payment Exchange Rate Confirmed

The BPS 2019 payment exchange rate has been confirmed as €1 = £0.89092, which is the average of the European Central Bank exchange rates during September. This is a marginal drop compared to 2018 BPS payments where the rate was €1 = £0.89281. The RPA is due to start...
BPS 2019: Payment Exchange Rate Confirmed

2019 BPS payment rate

If it is possible to draw positives from the ongoing political uncertainty, then the impact on the Euro exchange rate for BPS payments is definitely one of them. Following the referendum result in 2016, payments increased by 16.5% because of a change in the exchange...
RPA overpaid 1,000 farmers

RPA overpaid 1,000 farmers

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) have confirmed that they have overpaid around 1,000 farmers. In total £5 million has been paid out due to a system error making unintended agri-environment agreement payments. The Agency is now in the process of contacting affected...
New DEFRA Guidance: ‘Farming is Changing’

New DEFRA Guidance: ‘Farming is Changing’

New DEFRA Guidance: ‘Farming is Changing’ Amid the ongoing uncertainty regarding the future of agricultural policy, DEFRA have published new guidance attempting to provide some clarity for the post-BREXIT world. There are no new policies revealed, but the guidance...
RPA overpaid 1,000 farmers

New payment schedule for Stewardship schemes

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...
Protect yourself and your commercial property

Protect yourself and your commercial property

We have recently been working on a large number of commercial lettings for our farming clients. With diversification on the rise, one of the biggest growth sectors is in renting out buildings or other space on the farm to non-farming businesses and individuals. Be it...
BPS appeal results in windfall for client

BPS appeal results in windfall for client

We recently won an appeal against the RPA which resulted in back payments being made to our client in the region of £25,000! This was a client new to us in 2018 and it was when going through their paperwork for the first time that the mistakes, dating back to 2005,...
Are your waste exemptions up to date?

Are your waste exemptions up to date?

Farmers are and other business which handle small quantities of low risk waste may need to re-register their waste exemptions as many will be running out of date this year. The Environment Agency introduced a new exemption system in 2013. The exemptions were valid for...