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Ten-day deadline for farm payments

Wednesday 01 June 2005

FARMERS and landowners applying for grants under the new single payment regulations are being warned that they only have ten days left to make their final applications.

Anyone who has yet to submit a valid Single Payment Scheme (SPS) application to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has until Friday 10 June to do so. This includes those people who have been advised by RPA that their applications are invalid and need to be amended before they can be accepted. To be valid an application must be correctly completed and signed.

The deadline also applies to anyone wishing to add extra parcels of land to their claims or, for land already declared on their field data sheets, to change the land use or the schemes being claimed.

Johnston McNeill, RPA Chief Executive: "I urge anyone in this position to get their valid application forms to us by Friday 10 June. This is the final day we can accept applications for allocating payment entitlements to SPS for this year and future years."

A 4% late claim reduction will be applied per working day to SPS payments relating to valid applications received between 17 May and 10 June inclusive. For amendments to valid applications, a 1% reduction will be applied per working day to SPS payments relating to the parcels concerned if received by RPA between 1 and 10 June.

RPA Offices and Drop in Centres are open for applicants to deposit their completed forms between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, to 10 June.


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