RPA announce bridging payment

  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_field.inc on line 1148.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 599.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 599.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_query::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_query.inc on line 181.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 136.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Declaration of content_handler_field::element_type() should be compatible with views_handler_field::element_type($none_supported = false, $default_empty = false, $inline = false) in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/cck/includes/views/handlers/content_handler_field.inc on line 229.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_handler_field_multiple::pre_render() should be compatible with content_handler_field_multiple::pre_render($values) in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/date/date/date_handler_field_multiple.inc on line 185.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_serialized::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_field_serialized.inc on line 61.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_user::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/modules/user/views_handler_field_user.inc on line 50.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /var/sites/c/cumbriacommoners.org.uk/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 24.

In case you haven’t heard, yesterday Mark Grimshaw announced that RPA will be making 50% bridging payments to commoners and others who haven’t received a BPS15 payment yet – see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rpa-to-fast-track-bridging-payments .

The 50% will be paid at the end of April with the balance paid by the end of June. Claimants will receive a letter with the payment, so they are clear that it is the bridging payment and not the full payment. Technically speaking this payment is a loan to farmers from the Exchequer and will be netted off your 2nd BPS 2015 payment.

I attended a Defra Direct Payments conference call this afternoon and I asked 50% of what? RPA haven’t finalised the workings of the methodology yet, but will share it with us.

Of course 50% is better than nothing, but  the Federation has been asking for interim payments since last December. I was checking up on the letter I sent to George Eustice on the 15th December - in it I requested that he consider “… to make a partial commons payment based on say 50% of the expected claim for common land.” It's taken him a long time to listen to a sound suggestion. Better late than never perhaps …..