Agriculture: Subsidies

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of the five per cent of farmers and landowners who are still awaiting their payments for 2017 under the Basic Payments Scheme, how many own farm land of (1) under 250 acres, (2) 250 to 500 acres, (3) 500 to 1000 acres, and (4) over 1000 acres.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Rural Payments Agency received over 86,000 applications for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017. The window for making payments runs from December to June each scheme year. As of 13 March 2018, there were 3,678 claims still being processed for payment, as shown in the table below.

Number of 2017 BPS claims awaiting payment

Eligible acreage claimed*


Under 250 acres


250 to 500 acres


500 to 1,000 acres


Over 1,000 acres

For those who remain unpaid at the end of March, bridging payments for 75% of the calculated value will be made to support farmers until their claim is processed for payment.

*Ownership of land is not a requirement for claiming under the BPS. Land farmed under a tenancy, lease or shared basis can be included in a claim. The figures given are based on size of claim, which may include land not owned by the claimant.

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