CLA responds to Government announcement on Basic Payment Scheme applications

19 March 2015

The CLA has responded to the announcement from the Rural Payment Agency (RPA) that applications for this year’s Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will revert to paper.

CLA Deputy President Ross Murray said: “We are disappointed that landowners are now put in the position of having to revert to a paper based system. However, given the concerns about the capabilities and functionality of the IT system we are relieved that the RPA has listened to us and taken action, before it is too late.

“We will continue to meet with the RPA to ensure that every measure is being taken so that claims can be made on time and payments made at the earliest opportunity. We are also pressing Government for adequate resources to be made available for this change in process.”

The CLA will be communicating with members over the coming days to explain what the change will mean for them and how businesses will be affected.