CLA Deputy President Ross Murray met with Mark Grimshaw, Chief Executive of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), on Friday 20 March to discuss the impact on CLA Members of the switch to paper Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications. Representing the views and concerns of CLA Members, Mr Murray was keen to discuss the RPA's management of the system changes to minimise further disruption for landowners, farmers and land agents.
Mr Murray said: "The immediate priority is for the RPA to work with the CLA and other stakeholder organisations to ensure that BPS claimants are now able to submit their application simply and efficiently, and that delay to payment is avoided.
"We expect to provide our Members with more detailed guidance next week as further information becomes available, and we will continue to engage with the RPA to support the implementation of the revised application system."
Also on Friday, Environment Secretary Liz Truss met with CLA Norfolk Branch President Brian Charlesworth at his farm in Norfolk to discuss a range of industry issues including the change to paper applications for BPS claims.
CLA Members should look out for further information and guidance on the CLA website and via email next week.