Late environmental payments to be paid

Posted by LindaStenner on June 26, 2019

Late environmental payments to be paid

June 26, 2019 at 11:01 AM

Thousands of farmers owned money for environmental schemes are to be paid in July.

The Rural Payments Agency has announced that payments will be made in full to Environmental Stewardship (ES) and Countryside Stewardship (CS) customers with unpaid annual revenue claims, some dating back to 2015, by the end of July.

RPA Chief Executive Paul Caldwell said: “We are determined to build on the improvements that we have already put in place, keep up a regular cycle of timely payments, and restore confidence in these schemes which are so important for our environment.”

The RPA is writing to all unpaid customers to provide an update on payments. Once individual claims have been processed, the RPA will write again to confirm any adjustments to be made to the final payment.

Taking land out of production for species-rich meadows, building ponds to provide a water source for wildlife, or planting trees for carbon sequestration are a few of the options under ES and CS that farmers and land managers are currently paid for.

The future Environment Land Management (ELM) scheme, which will replace CS and ES post Brexit, will undergo tests and trials on farms and is expected to be fully operational in late 2024.

For more information contact Kathryn Williams at Davis Meade Property Consultants on 01691 659658 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com.

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