Over 15,600 farm businesses in Wales to receive BPS payments tomorrow

Over 15,600 farm businesses across Wales will receive a share of over £159.6m in Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Advance payments tomorrow, Friday, October 15, Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths has announced.

This means that 97% of claimants will receive an automatic payment worth 70% of their estimated full claim value.

Other years, BPS payments typically begin from December 1. However, regulation changes made by the Welsh Government following the end of the EU Exit Implementation Period has simplified the requirements of BPS for 2021 and beyond.

This has allowed BPS Advance payments to be made prior to December to eligible BPS 2021 claimants, without the need to submit an application, as opposed to the opt-in BPS Support Scheme administered in previous years.

Full and Balance BPS payments for 2021 will commence from December 15, as agreed with industry representatives.

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Subject to the UK government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, the BPS is intended to run until the end of 2023, after which a new system will be introduced.

This new system will move away from income support for farmers towards a system that pays farmers for the environmental benefit they deliver.

“As we move to our new Sustainable Farming Scheme it is crucial we provide support to secure the long-term sustainability and resilience of the farming sector,” said Minister Griffiths.

Following the end of the EU Exit Implementation Period and through consultation, I introduced legislation which simplified the requirements of BPS and will provide early payments to the vast majority of farm businesses in Wales.

“Full and remaining balance BPS 2021 payments will be made from December 15, subject to full validation of a BPS claim and my officials will use the next two months to maximise the number of farmers receiving these payments early in the payment window.”