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

Errors in BPS payments on commons coming to light

The RPA has recently published a pdf showing the BPS eligible areas of English commons and the total livestock units available. It can be found here.

RPA still finds excuses for their poor delivery of BPS 2015 on commons

Our local MP Tim Farron has been working hard on our behalf to get explanations to our questions on non-payment of BPS on common land. See below for the latest round of correspondence.

What England's Uplands provides

Click on the picture to see what the uplands provide.

To see the sources for all the figures in the picture click on the file below.


Mark Grimshaw invited to Cumbria to discuss non payment of BPS on commons

The Federation along with NFU and CLA have sent a joint letter to Mark Grimshaw, CEO RPA asking for answers to a number of issues about payment of BPS 2015 and inviting him to come to meet with representatives of the farming community in Cumbria to discuss the current situation regarding non-payment of BPS on common land. 

The letter:

Dear Mr Grimshaw

BPS payments issues for commoners


The National Farmers’ Union (NFU), Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and the Federation of Cumbria Commoners are demanding the Rural Payments Agency fully explain why farmers haven’t received Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) monies for the common land in their care.

Less than helpful letter from Angela Leadsom about RPA's inability to pay commoners

Tim Farron, MP has been attempting to put pressure on Andrea Leadsom MP, the new Minister of State for Defra, to get RPA to pay up the BPS 2015 owed to commoners and other farmers.

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