The ‘Key dates: Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES)’ timeline is now available on GOV.UK
It shows you important dates in 2019 for all three schemes (BPS, CS and ES), ahead of the full scheme rules and guidance being published. We’ve also included some of the things that you need to do to meet the cross compliance and Ecological Focus Area (EFA)/greening requirements of your application(s).
Some key dates:
Basic Payment Scheme
13 March – BPS application window opens. All guidance available on GOV.UK
15 May – BPS application deadline to avoid late penalties (this is also the deadline for 2019 BPS entitlement transfers and Young and New farmer applications)
31 May – deadline to make certain changes to your application, if submitted before midnight on 15 May, without receiving a penalty)
10 June – late application deadline (1% penalty for every day an application is late after 15 May)
18 February – application window opens (for Higher Tier, Mid Tier, Hedgerows and Boundaries and Wildlife Offers 2020 agreements). All guidance available on GOV.UK
Deadline for requesting application packs:
31 March – Higher Tier
31 May – Mid-Tier
Deadline for submitting your 2019 application:
3 May – Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant / Higher Tier
31 July – Mid-Tier / Wildlife Offers
CS/ES Revenue (multi-year) claims
13 March – submission window opens for CS/ES Revenue claims
15 May – deadline for submitting CS/ES Revenue claims to avoid late claim penalties
10 June – late submission deadline for CS/ES Revenue claims
Why not add these dates to your calendar now? You could also add a reminder, if you save them electronically, so that you don’t forget them.
Open the ‘Key dates for 2019’ PDF now. You can also print this off or save it on your computer.