RPA confirms overdue agri-environment claims have been fully paid
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed today that eligible Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) customers have been paid for their overdue historic claims.
Last month, the Government announced that eligible CS and ES customers with unpaid annual revenue claims, some dating back to 2015, would receive a payment for the amount they are owed by the end of July.
RPA chief executive Paul Caldwell said: “I am pleased to announce today that, as promised, eligible historic revenue claims for agri-environment schemes have now been paid.
“We are continuing to make improvements to the processing of applications, agreements and claims, and are determined to build confidence in these schemes ahead of the Environmental Land Management scheme being rolled out. I would like to thank everyone for their continued efforts on driving up the performance of these schemes.”
Through CS and ES agreements, farmers and land managers are provided with an additional income stream for delivering environmental benefits, including providing habitats for wildlife and reducing the risk of flooding by improving farm infrastructure.
Those signed up to agri-environment schemes this year will be well-placed to participate in the new Environmental Land Management scheme when it replaces CS and ES once we leave the EU.