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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to define the stock registration reference period for delinked agricultural payments that will replace basic payment scheme payments for uncapped headage; and if he will make a statement.
As part of the transition to our new agriculture policy in England we plan to delink Direct Payments from the land. When delinked payments are introduced, they will entirely replace the current Basic Payment Scheme (and greening and young farmer payment) for all farmers. The earliest we will delink is 2022. Once we have delinked payments, recipients will no longer have to farm in order to receive payments during the agricultural transition.
Eligibility for delinked payments will be based on a reference period. This reference period will be a year, or period of years, before we introduce delinking. We will consult farmers and stakeholders on the detail of how delinking will work before deciding when to introduce it.
This is a devolved matter and the information provided therefore relates to England only.