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The new BPS will apply to every landowner and farmer in the UK and means all claimants will be required to re-register on-line with the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) via the new CAP Information Service.

However experts from Bruton Knowles are saying more needs to be done in order to help farmers comply with the new systems.

One of the main changes to take place is the replacement of the single payment scheme with a new scheme called the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

Administered through a new online system created by the RPA, the web-based system will be compulsory for all applicants and will allow them to submit annual claims, map land, alter personal and business details and transfer entitlements.

The system, which is expected to be rolled out from mid-October, will also let farmers check whether they are meeting the new greening rules.

Ben Compton from Bruton Knowles is however concerned that some farmers could be put off the new online system.

Ben said: “We completely understand that this latest round of changes may for some seem a little unnecessary, however the point is it is here to stay so getting to grips with it now will prove beneficial in the long term.

“We represent many famers and agricultural businesses and what is becoming very clear is that quite a number are going to need more assistance and advice from professionals with aspects of the new system.”

Compton is also concerned about the potential issue of some farmers not having decent internet access or broadband.

He added: “Farmers living in areas with little or no broadband coverage and who have not used online services before will be offered additional assistance from the RPA. The RPA has also indicated that it will be setting up 30 10 help centres across the country to allow farmers without broadband to access the new system.

“Increasingly however we are hearing concerns from the south west Farming community that these actions will not be enough. Farmers are busy enough as it is and those who have little or no access to the internet will find this new system just another burden on their already hectic daily schedule.

“With the new CAP Information Service, Greening and Ecological Focus Area rules, many farmers are now being faced with more red tape and administrative worries than ever before.

“Our advice is to give us a ring and we’ll guide them through all that is required making sure they comply with this new system on time, with the minimum of fuss and disruption to their working day.”

With changes to Greening, Entitlements and Entry Level Stewardship those concerned about not only compliance with the latest tranche of rules or just want clarification on what some of the new regulations mean are being advised to contact Ben.

For further information on the new Basic Payment System and to receive regular updates please contact Ben Compton on 01452 880000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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