January Professional Ponderings

January Professional Ponderings



Happy New Year to you all! We hope you and your families enjoyed the festive season.


Just before Christmas, the RPA confirmed that BPS 2019 payments had been issued to 92.4% (approximately 79,000) of claimants during the first two weeks of the payment window. If you have received your payment, please do let us know and we can check if it is correct using our in-house payment calculator. If you have not yet received your payment you should have received an email from the RPA (these claimants usually include those with common land, cross border, inspections or more ‘complex’/larger claims). The RPA have not yet published any formal payment target date however based on BPS 2018 it is likely that their aim will be to issue a payment to the majority of claimants by the end of March 2020.


On the subject of BPS, the BPS entitlement trading window is also due to open at the end of this month. If you have any entitlements that you did not use last year, and will not be using this claim year, you will lose those entitlements – as there is a 2 year ‘use or lose’ rule. Should you find yourself with surplus entitlements, please contact one of the Agricultural Team if you are thinking of selling these entitlements once the trading window opens. Please note that the deadline for transferring entitlements is also 15th May 2020, but don’t leave it too late.


We are still waiting for confirmation of application dates in respect of 2020 Countryside Stewardship Applications, however it is anticipated that a further application round will be launched early this year for agreements with a 1st January 2021 start date, as well as Hedgerow and Boundaries grants.


We will keep you up to date with the all-important application dates and deadlines over the next few weeks, please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page.


Finally, I should perhaps mention my name change, following my marriage to Tom on New Years Eve, I became Mrs Garlick. Accordingly, please note my email address has changed from Verity Straker to verity.garlick@bletsoes.co.uk.


Verity Garlick

Chartered Surveyor





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