26 February 2015

King West

Environmental Stewardship Payments

As from the 1st January 2015 Stewarship payments are not automatic and all agreement holders or their authorized Agent must complete an Annual Claim Form. This has to be completed and submitted to Natural England by 15th May 2015. These forms will be automatically sent to all previous receivers of entry-level stewardship payments.

Claim forms not submitted by 15th May will carry financial penalties of 1% per day up until the 9th June 2015.  Applicants that do not submit a claim form will not receive any payments.

Agent Authorisation

All Environmental Stewardship Agreement holders must submit a new  Agent Authorisation form to Natural England by 15th May 2015 regardless of whether one has been submitted previously. This form is mandatory where an agent manages the landowner’s Environmental Stewardship agreements. The new form clarifies that the agreement holder is the person responsible for carrying out the work in the Environmental Stewardship agreement.

For advice on the new agreements and forms, please contact Mike Holland or Henry Spencer at the King West Market Harborough Branch.

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