Lord Bach today urged farmers to submit their 2006 Single Payment
Scheme application to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) by the
15 May deadline wherever possible. However, in recognition of
difficulties this year in the distribution of application forms,
he also announced that late claim penalties will not be applied
to applications received between 15 and 31 May.
Speaking at the Easy Sheep event in Melton Mowbray, Lord Bach
"After difficulties experienced this year, everybody wants
payments under the 2006 Single Payment Scheme to start as early
as possible. The timely submission of application forms is critical
to that and I would, therefore, urge all farmers to continue
to aim to meet the 15 May deadline. However, I know that there
have been real problems this year with the distribution of forms
and my regular discussions with farm leaders have brought home
to me the difficulties that this has created for some farmers.
I think it is right that every farmer should have a reasonable
amount of time to complete the form. In recognition of this,
I am today announcing that the normal late claim penalties will
not apply until 1 June."
1. Applications under the Single Payment Scheme, Area Payment
for Nuts, Aid for Energy Crops, and Protein Crop Premium have
to be submitted each year on a single form (SP5) to the Rural
Payments Agency by 15 May.
2. Applications received by the RPA after 15 May usually attract
a penalty of 1% per working day up to 9 June. Any applications
received after 9 June are rejected.
3. The effect of today's announcement is that applications received
between 16 and 31 May will not attract a late application penalty.
Applications received after this date will attract the normal
1% per working day penalty.
4. Along with the acting chief executive of the RPA, Lord Bach
has for the past couple of months met weekly with the Presidents
of the NFU, CLA and TFA to discuss issues relating to the Single
Payment Scheme. Today's announcement responds to concerns raised
in those meetings.
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