MP warns of approaching farm payment application deadline
South Lakes MP Tim Farron is urging farmers to make sure they get their Single Payment Scheme (SPS) 2014 application in before the end of the window in two weeks' time.
The Single Payment Scheme (SPS), introduced by EC Council Regulation 1782/2003, replaced most existing crop and livestock payments from 1 January 2005.
All SPS applications, whether online or on paper, must reach the RPA by midnight on 15 May to avoid late application penalties. Once the application has been sent, certain changes can be made by writing to or emailing the Agency. These must be received by midnight on 2 June to avoid penalties.
Applications and changes can be made until midnight on 9 June, however penalties will be applied. Applications received after 9 June will not be accepted.
Tim said: "At this time of year farmers are really busy so I'm urging them to make sure they get their SPS application in before the window closes. I don't want any farmer to miss out."
If you need help with your SPS application please call 0845 603 7777. Or e-mail quoting your SBI and business name at CSC@rpa.gsi.gov.uk