From this week, the very first users of the new online application and payment service for all CAP schemes, called CAP Information Service, will be able to register and begin using a private beta of the service for themselves.
It isn’t available to everyone yet, though. This week, a handful will use it and over the coming months, we’ll be directly inviting more customers to register for the service and start using it.
This gradual introduction of the service is one way we are making sure that the service is right for customers. CAP customers will receive a letter or e-mail telling them when to start using the service, along with a Registration Pack containing everything they need to know. If you haven’t received your Registration Pack, don’t worry. We are planning to send most customers their Registration Pack around late October, and some customers may receive it after that.
Because the service is new and because there is a new Common Agricultural Policy from Europe, we need customers to start using the service as soon as they receive their invite and Registration Pack. There is a lot to do before customers can apply for the new Basic Payment Scheme. So when you receive your invite and Registration Pack, it’s time to get started.
Support will be available for those who need help to get online and use the service. We’ll let you know more about that on this blog later this summer.