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Basic Payment Scheme

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You can use Rural Payments Wales (RPW) Online to apply for and manage your payments for the Welsh Government’s Basic Payment and Glastir schemes.
It is essential that you read and understand this booklet if you intend to apply for 2015 Single Payment Scheme and Rural Development Schemes.
Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans announced her decision on the method of payment to be implemented for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in Wales.
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In 2015 following the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) replaced the Single Payment Scheme (SPS).

The BPS scheme is managed under the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS), which sets down conditions for: 

  • identifying farmers and land 
  • administrative, on-the-spot and remote sensing checks to confirm that the area and use of land meets European Regulations. 

As part of the BPS you must undertake agricultural practices that are beneficial for the climate and environment, commonly referred to as Greening. Greening is not optional. You cannot forego the Greening payment and still claim the remaining BPS payment. 

In order to claim BPS you must declare annually on the Single Application Form (SAF) all the land that is at your disposal/within your management control (owned and rented in) on 15 May, whether or not you wish to claim payment for that land.

There is also a payment to Young Farmers (under 40 years of age) who receive an additional payment for up to 5 years on the first 25 hectares of eligible land used to activate BPS entitlements.

BPS entitlements can be obtained from the National Reserve if you are a new entrant or a young farmer. 

Cross Border Farm Businesses must submit a BPS claim in each country. In reality this means that you will need to submit a BPS claim in England / Scotland, and in Wales. You must also declare on the SAF whether you have land in more than one part of the UK. 

To transfer your BPS entitlements by sale or lease please see the Transfer of Entitlements Guidance.

Euro Exchange Rate for Basic Scheme Payments 2017

The euro exchange rate being used for 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments are based on the average of the ECB (European Central Bank) rates in September 2017.

The exchange rate has increased from €1= £ 0.85228 in 2016 to €1= £ 0.89470 in 2017, an increase of 4.98% from last year’s rate.

The majority of 2017 payments will be made on 1 December 2017.