Rooted in Cumbria

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is a member-led organisation dedicated to promoting commoning in Cumbria. Our overall aim is to maintain and improve the viability of hill farming on common land.

We want this website to:

  • Inform you about new issues in commoning
  • Let you know what we are doing
  • Make our voice heard all over the world and much more

Commons farmers demand honesty from RPA over BPS payments

The Federation along with representatives of commons farmers are calling the Rural Payments Agency to be ’straight’ with commoners after they have failed to deliver on promises over the Basic Payment Scheme.

Julia Aglionby of the Foundation for Common Land, and a member of our commitee, warned the RPA's failings had put commons farmers, already facing a serious struggle, under ’extreme financial pressure’. She accused agency chief executive Mark Grimshaw falsely raising commoners’ hopes over the timing of their much-needed payment.

RPA even further away from paying BPS 15 on commons

A press release from RPA yesterday revealed that around 3,500 claims from landowners with rights to common land are yet to be paid.

Commoners continue to bear the brunt of the RPA  fiasco and unfortunately there is not much light at the end tunnel.

NSA highlights potential threats of Lynx rewilding

Ahead of the impending application for permission to trial the release of Eurasian lynx into the wild in this country, proposed by the Lynx Trust UK in 2015, the National Sheep Association (NSA) has launched a new report - The wider consequences of the introduction of Eurasian lynx to the UK

Watch chief of RPA get a gruelling by Commmons Select Commitee - EFRA

There are 4,800 commons claims that haven't received BPS 2015 payments yet.We are doing our best to put pressure on RPA, along with others.

Damning government report on the failures of the Basic Payment Scheme

Hill farmers and commoners, in particuar, have been badly treated by the RPA. We urge the RPA to heed the finding and recomendations of report from the Public Accounts Commitee released today and not to repeat these mistakes in 2016. The report highlights inexcusable failures for the delay in payments. The summary states that:

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