We're bringing BPS payments forward. Farmers with eligible applications will receive half of their payment from the end of July, and the rest from December.
Alastair Walton is a policy adviser in the Direct Payments Team within the Future Farming and Countryside Programme.
Part of Alastair’s work includes designing a lump sum exit scheme for farmers.
It can be difficult for farmers who wish to retire or leave the industry to do so. A lack of capital can prevent them. We think that our Lump Sum Exit Scheme could help them. Last year, we ran a consultation with farmers and other experts, and the findings supported this view. In this post, I'll share a summary and our response. I'll also cover delinked payments and an opportunity for you to help shape our work.
We want to offer farmers in England the option to leave the sector with a lump sum payment. We also plan to delink Direct Payments from the land. Today we launch a consultation on our proposals. In this post, I’ll give an overview.
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Funding for Farmers
To leave farming (closing 30 September)
To join farming (trial coming in 2022)
BPS and delinked payments
Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in England will be replaced with delinked payments in 2024.