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June 1
From SPS to BPS… Pastures new… again…

2015 sees the introduction of the Basic Payment Scheme ‘BPS’ which replaces the Single Payment Scheme ‘SPS’. At the time of writing this article there have already been various changes to the initial guidance issued by the RPA and DEFRA as to the systems being put in place in the hope to facilitate as smooth a transition as possible.  As ever, the administrative requirements of the RPA will be attended by you or your appointed agent but our expertise in the agricultural sector is of course called upon in respect of either the transfer of entitlements, with or without land, to make sure that you (whether as the Seller or Purchaser of the entitlements) are fully protected insofar as the mechanics of the transfer is concerned, in addition to your obligations to the RPA/DEFRA (for example, cross-compliance obligations).