Defra update explaining changes to BPS on common land is now available

Defra have published an update explaining the changes to Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments for common land and what farmers should do next. It follows Defra’s policy announcement on16 March 2015. Under the Basic Payment Scheme(BPS), farmers can claim payments for the grazing rights they have for a common or area of shared grazing
Defra is changing the way that payments are calculated. This means:
  • there is a new way of working out how much of the eligible area of a common or shared grazing a farmer can claim; and
  • some farmers will be able to claim more payments and entitlements under the Single Payment Scheme (SPS)
This update explains these changes and which farmers are likely to be eligible for additional payments and, in some cases, entitlements.