The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has said that pre-populated BP5 claim forms will start to be sent out next week. The forms will start to be sent by email to everyone who has registered on the Rural Payments online system.
CLA President Henry Robinson said: “Claimants will be reassured to hear that they will be receiving their pre-populated BP5 forms by email from next week. It will be accompanied by good guidance from the RPA on how to apply.
“We understand the decision made by the RPA to revert to paper application forms. Now that this decision has been made it is important that the revised application system runs smoothly and the RPA’s focus must now be on preventing delays in payment to claimants.
“We continue to work closely with the RPA and we are focused on providing information and advice to our members. A number of urgent questions still need comprehensive answers. For example we are pressing Defra for clarity on the role of grass margins and buffer strips in relation to greening – it is critical that claimants have clarity on this before filling out greening information on the BP5 form.”
The announcement from the RPA can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rpa-announces-more-detail-on-how-to-claim-for-bps-2015