Basic Payment Schemes

Our agricultural solicitors specialise in advising upon The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) ensuring that your business is supported in the most efficient way.

Attention to detail is imperative in ensuring your application is accurate and assessed without delay. We will ensure all documentation is drafted diligently to ensure all areas are covered and you receive all the financial assistance you are entitled to.

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The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is the biggest of the rural grants and payments that provide help to the farming industry. Farmers apply once a year – between March and May – and payments begin in December. Farmers with at least 5 hectares of agricultural land and 5 ‘entitlements’ can apply. Some businesses are not allowed to claim if they carry out certain business activities.

There are some rules about what you can and cannot do with your land if you claim BPS. If you’re an arable farmer you might need to grow 3 different crops and use 5% of your land to do specific things that are good for the environment. Farmers will need to make decisions about what to do with their land so that they can follow the rules.

If you claim BPS you must also follow the cross compliance rules.

The passionate and friendly team at Blackstone Solicitors is here to guide you through what can be a complex and demanding process. Getting in touch to discuss your situation could not be easier. Simply call us on 0345 901 0445 or fill in our online contact form to allow us to get back to you at your earliest convenience.

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With our positive and to-the-point approach, we always ensure all dealings are carried out correctly and promptly, meaning nothing is left to chance. We are proactive and direct, communicative and transparent, and will guide you along every step of the way to make sure everything runs as it should.

Blackstone is based in Manchester and we have an additional office in London. We regularly take on clients from Cheshire, Chester, the rest of the UK and internationally.

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Find out how you can benefit from our tenacious and forthright approach today by getting in touch with the team. Doing so is easy, simply give us a call on 0345 901 0445 or allow us to contact you by completing our online contact form.

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