The window for applications of the Government’s Basic Payment Scheme is fast approaching and Bruton Knowles is encouraging all farmers to take action now. With consultation recommended to complete the necessary documentation in a timely and efficient manner, the leading national property consultancy is expecting a record breaking number of enquiries during March and April, across its regional office network.
On 13th March 2019, the claim window for the Basic Payment Scheme for farmers will open. The scheme acts as a safety net for farmers and crofters by supplementing their main business income. With the deadline for forms being the 15th May 2019, farmers only have two months to complete all the necessary paperwork.
Ben Compton, Associate and Rural Expert based at Bruton Knowles Gloucester office, comments: “With the opening of the 2019 BPS claim window nearly upon us, we’re encouraging all farmers to consider working with a consultancy such as Bruton Knowles, to ensure their documentation can be completed properly, within the given time frame.
“Across the UK, our rural experts have years of experience in the sector and are fully equipped to handle BPS applications, which means clients can feel confident about receiving their full payment at the end of the year.”
Late payments or penalties can be incredibly detrimental for farmers. With 2019 and 2020 expected to be the last years of full BPS payments, before they are either reduced or phased out, farmers are being advised to take advantage of the opportunity whilst they can.
Ben continues: “To begin with, we encourage all clients to share any issues or correspondence received from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) which we may need to review. We then work with them to ensure we have all of the documentation and information required before completing the subsidy claim forms.
“In the meantime, we are advising our clients on how they can ensure their land is suitable – sharing guidelines on current Greening rules when drilling any crops over Spring, cutting back hedges so they stay within the 20m length limit etc.”
Bruton Knowles has already received a number of enquiries, mainly on RPA mapping updates, from farmers looking to prepare their land in advance of the subsidy claim.
In relation to Greening Rules, Bruton Knowles has already been advising existing clients regarding current issues. Reviewing crop diversification, hedges and ecological focus areas, and how they interact with existing and future Environmental Stewardship schemes, are top of the agenda.
Bruton Knowles expects the next few months to be an incredibly busy time for rural sector staff across its 12 branches. The agency has years of experience within the farming industry, with the knowledge and capabilities to confidently guide farmers through the completion of the BPS claim forms.
As an independently-owned national property consultancy, Bruton Knowles has a large multi-disciplinary team. Highly experienced in sale and purchase, valuation, leasing and strategy, the team covers all key areas across commercial, rural and urban property, and has specialist expertise in utilities, public sector and social housing.