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29 January 2016

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BPS 2015: RPA to send emails to unpaid claimants

BPS 2015: RPA to send emails to unpaid claimants

29 January 2016

The RPA has confirmed that it is intending to send emails over the next couple of days to all remaining BPS 2015 claimants where they have not previously been communicated with and it is unlikely that they will be receiving a payment by the end of January 2016. Some BPS 2015 claimants have already received a letter from the RPA in December 2015 and should have started to receive a follow-up letter. These were identified "complex" cases.

 

BPS 2015 claimants who had not received a letter from the RPA to date could equally not receive a payment by the end of January 2016, but they had not been alerted to this fact by the RPA. It is this group of people who have not previously been communicated with by the RPA about their payment who should be receiving an email from the RPA.

 

The likely timing of the payment given in the email should be tailored to which claimant group the farmer falls within:-

  • If he has common land or has had an inspection (physical or remote sensing), payments should start in February 2016.
  • If he is cross-border, he is unlikely to receive a payment before April 2016. 
  • All other affected claimants should receive a payment by the end of March 2016

It seems the email will be sent to the main Business email address registered on the Rural Payments system (under Business Details). This could therefore be the farmer if he used his email address to register, or the agent if an agent's email address was used when the Business was registered on the Rural Payments system. We are aware that some farmers do not check their emails regularly and equally that several email addresses on the Rural Payments system are incorrect. Where a farmer is not registered on Rural Payments or if there is an email bounce-back, the RPA should then post a letter containing the information in the email.

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