Defra U-turn on how BPS will be calculated on commons

This is brilliant news for all commoners and something we have been lobbying for along with a number of other organisations.

Basically following a challenge from farmers with rights over Minchinhampton and Rodborough commons, Defra has changed the rule on how they calculate CAP payments on common land, with potentially huge implications for commons graziers in England. This means that the full eligible agricultural area of each common will be available to claiming farmers. On some commons this could result in significantly higher BPS payments. Also because Defra have admitted that  the method they used in 2005 was not in accordance with the regulations, some farmers will be eligible for additional amounts under the SPS for previous years.

See Farmers Weekly for an explanation of the issue and the implication of Defra's policy change for commoners.

Following a challenge from farmers with rights over Minchinhampton and Rodborough commons, Defra has changed the rule, with potentially huge implications for commons graziers in England. This means that the full eligible agricultural area of each common will be available to claiming farmers. - See more at: http://www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk/news/457-fcl-welcomes-defras-a...
Following a challenge from farmers with rights over Minchinhampton and Rodborough commons, Defra has changed the rule, with potentially huge implications for commons graziers in England. This means that the full eligible agricultural area of each common will be available to claiming farmers. - See more at: http://www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk/news/457-fcl-welcomes-defras-announcement-on-how-cap-payments-will-be-made-on-english-commons#sthash.50rbeV1V.dpuf
Following a challenge from farmers with rights over Minchinhampton and Rodborough commons, Defra has changed the rule, with potentially huge implications for commons graziers in England. This means that the full eligible agricultural area of each common will be available to claiming farmers. - See more at: http://www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk/news/457-fcl-welcomes-defras-announcement-on-how-cap-payments-will-be-made-on-english-commons#sthash.50rbeV1V.dpuf
Following a challenge from farmers with rights over Minchinhampton and Rodborough commons, Defra has changed the rule, with potentially huge implications for commons graziers in England. This means that the full eligible agricultural area of each common will be available to claiming farmers. - See more at: http://www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk/news/457-fcl-welcomes-defras-announcement-on-how-cap-payments-will-be-made-on-english-commons#sthash.50rbeV1V.dpuf
Following a challenge from farmers with rights over Minchinhampton and Rodborough commons, Defra has changed the rule, with potentially huge implications for commons graziers in England. This means that the full eligible agricultural area of each common will be available to claiming farmers. - See more at: http://www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk/news/457-fcl-welcomes-defras-announcement-on-how-cap-payments-will-be-made-on-english-commons#sthash.50rbeV1V.dpuf
Following a challenge from farmers with rights over Minchinhampton and Rodborough commons, Defra has changed the rule, with potentially huge implications for commons graziers in England. This means that the full eligible agricultural area of each common will be available to claiming farmers. - See more at: http://www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk/news/457-fcl-welcomes-defras-announcement-on-how-cap-payments-will-be-made-on-english-commons#sthash.50rbeV1V.dpuf
Following a challenge from farmers with rights over Minchinhampton and Rodborough commons, Defra has changed the rule, with potentially huge implications for commons graziers in England. This means that the full eligible agricultural area of each common will be available to claiming farmers. - See more at: http://www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk/news/457-fcl-welcomes-defras-announcement-on-how-cap-payments-will-be-made-on-english-commons#sthash.50rbeV1V.dpuf