Farmers are being reminded that the 2015 deadline for applying for the new Basic Payment Scheme is now fast approaching.
There has been some pressure on the Welsh Government to extend the May 15th deadline (as granted in England) but there is no sign of this happening. Applicants should complete and submit their forms earlier rather than later. In fact, extending the deadline may not be beneficial, as this would undoubtedly delay the first payments, currently expected in December 2015, and this could cause some strain on farmers’ cash flow.
Using the on-line Rural Payment Wales application is also recommended where possible. There have been some minor issues with the on-line system, but it is generally robust and easy to use. It provides a way of submitting more accurate data, hence saving on wasted application time where paper forms have been incorrectly completed. However, for those having difficulty with access to adequate Broadband (still a problem in many rural areas), it is still not too late to apply by post.
For any further help or advice, contact Green & Co.
Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.