Please make sure that you read your renewed contract carefully. You also need to read the information below.
If you have any further questions or queries contact Rural Payments Wales.
Why you are being offered an extension to your contract?
We want to keep the valuable environmental benefits being delivered by existing contract holders.
How long will your contract be extended for?
Glastir Commons contracts ending 31 December 2020 will be extended by 1 year. They will end on 31 December 2021.
Why the contract isn’t being extended for a longer period?
The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs announced in December 2018 that Glastir contracts would be extended to the end of 2021.
Your current contract will be on the same land and options
The extended contract will be the same as your current contract that expires 31 December 2020.
You will need to accept your extension within the deadline
The contract will be offered via RPW Online. You will then need to accept this contract via RPW online within 21 days of the contract offer.
Your current Glastir contract will end if you do not accept the extension by the deadline.
Declining your extension
You do not need to take any action if you wish to decline the extension. The contract will not be available to accept after 21 days have passed.
If you decide not to extend your contract, you will not need to repay any payments made under:
- the original contract, or
- current renewed contract, and
- any subsequent extended or renewed contract(s)
Ongoing commitments if you decline the offer
There are no ongoing contractual commitments. But, you are reminded:
- to continue to observe all the appropriate regulatory requirements. E.g. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on land qualifying as habitat
- you may need to get an EIA screening decision before undertaking any agricultural improvement work
Land in your renewed contract that you will be losing management control over during the contracted period
This land must be removed from your renewed contract.
You must accept the renewed contract online within 21 days of the contract offer. You must contact RPW to inform us of any land changes by 31 January 2021. We will then remove the affected land. We will issue a revised renewed contract before the end of February.
NB. You must notify RPW of any land changes within 30 days.
Claiming your annual payment
You must continue to claim for your annual payment via the Common Land Element claim as per your original contract.
You must also ensure the declared crops and areas correctly reflect the requirements for any management option.
Impact on payments received under your original Glastir contract if you breach during the extension period of your renewed contract
Your renewed contract is a new contract and separate from your original 5 year contract.
If breaches are discovered during the extended period, we will apply penalties to your renewal period claims.
If the evidence shows that the breach occurred during the original contract period, we may apply penalties to claims already paid.
Depending on the severity of the breach, we may end your original and/or renewal contract, and recover all monies paid.
Additional land acquired (bought/rented) during your time in Glastir Commons
As this is an extension of your existing contract, it only applies to land covered by original Glastir contracts.
Making amendments to the Grazing Association
You must notify RPW of any Grazing Association member changes within 30 days.