The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has a number of schemes which provide financial support to the rural economy. The three main land schemes, which offer an annual payment, are Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Countryside Stewardship (CS) and the Environmental Stewardship Scheme (ES).
Famers submitting a valid claim under these schemes will normally receive a payment between 1 December and 30 June the following year.
For 2019 we released by 30 June:
o BPS 2019 – 84,225 (99.9%) payments worth £1.79bn o CS 2019 – 10,899 (94.2%) worth £88.46m o ES 2019 – 12,020 (97.7%) worth £182.22m
There are several reasons for why payments may be delayed beyond the 30 June such as ongoing discussions with claimants, the resolution of probate, or ongoing fraud investigations.
Payments for 2020 claims began in December and are ongoing. The RPA delivered its best ever December payment performance, paying around 98% of BPS claims by the end of the year, despite the challenges caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.