Active Farmer Requirement Dropped for BPS Claims
Under the Omnibus Regulations, all EU member states have the ability to drop the Active Farmer requirement for the Basic Payment Scheme from 2018 onwards. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA), as of February, have confirmed that England has now dropped this requirement for BPS claims this year.
This means that claimants are no longer required to provide evidence (i.e. an accountant’s certificate) to prove they are an ‘Active Farmer’. It also means that certain land owners, who were previously excluded from the scheme (airports, railway services, recreational grounds), who held their BPS entitlements before 2015 are now eligible to make a claim in 2018.
This has the potential to increase the number of BPS applications, and affect the entitlement trading market.
This announcement has come too late for the RPA to be able to update their website, and therefore 2018 applicants will still need to tick the ‘Active Farmer’ box in order to still be able to submit the claim online.
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Ellie Hammett ACCA
Ellie started with Evolution ABS in April 2010, gained her AAT qualification in September 2012 and fully qualified as a Chartered Certified accountant in December 2015. Ellie manages a portfolio of mainly agricultural clients and oversees our payroll department.
Ellie grew up on her parents’ dairy farm in Dorset, before moving to Devon in 1998. She now lives with her husband on his family beef and sheep farm in East Devon.
In her spare time, Ellie enjoys helping out on the farm (although not so much the night time lambing) and used to be an active member of Whimple and Broadclyst Young Farmers Club, competing in speaking competitions, drama and showing stock.