Stewardship Payments for 2018


I get the impression when I speak to them that a lot of RPA staff are just as fed up as we are with the whole thing - big difference of course is that it’s not hitting them in the pocket!


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Well March is here and apparently 75% of 2018 scheme year payments will be made this month! I fully expect to be let down by NE/RPA so be interesting to hear of anyone actually getting paid.
Unlike our previous ELS scheme we are now putting serious sums of money into our Countyside stewardship scheme. NE/RPA need to understand that this isnt just your usual pay by the acre subsidy it’s a payment for real work done and real loss of production and should be prioritised.
Exactly totally agree! Feel it's a computer says no scenario!

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Was told a lot of RPA and DEFRA staff have been pulled on to Brexit work so things are taking even longer than usual. I wrote to Mr Gove telling him what I thought of him and his Government. Anyway after a bit of being passed round the houses I got my 75% three weeks later. Still a joke that it was over six months late and they still mucked me about.
At a recent meeting we asked DEFRA if any new scheme could be paid monthly so we didn’t have these issues. They said feed back fro farmers was against monthly payments which shocked me as I thought it was a big step forward
it would be nice to see some payment for last year
Payment in April 2019 for stewardship 2018 start applied for in 2017
Paid application cost and rent in autumn 2017 rent and seeds planting and growing of cover crops lowimput crops made through out 2018
A year later still paying rent and now 2019 crops and seeds
The stewardship will not be cash positive till 2020 at the earliest
Government goes on about big business and late payment they are worse than all of themput together
I spoke to the RPA last week about our payment for June - December 2018 period which is due by the end of June this year & was told they’re still on with 2016/17 payments after which they’ll do 2017/18 & then the latest ones . From what I gathered there’s no hope of being paid ours by the end of June . At least we’re nearly up to date . This is for our ELS/HLS agreement .


I spoke with my accountant this week, stewardship payment was discussed, I said he better tell them I am not paying my tax, until I am paid stewardship money for 2018. Do not think it will work. :mad:


Did everyone get the email a couple of weeks back about having to claim by 15th May or start getting penalties? we do capital works but this years work has 2 years to complete so it doesn't apply. I am a bit worried that they are referring to last years claim, which we submitted a year ago. We were told by NE that they had received it in a conversation back in September so unless they are dishonest or incompetent we should be ok but transferring it all to the RPA is a concern.
I have emailed them for clarification over a week ago but so far have only had an automatic reply saying they are busy etc.
Even if it was sent to everyone it's still concerning to be unsure if we need to claim over again.
Yeah got that Claim form here but nevermind that where is last years 75% payment? & when are we to get junes payment, 2 weeks after BPS in dec ??
what a shocking way to run a business
I had a payment for Hls/Els scheme in December does anyone know when my next payment is due?
I had an inspection for it in October and the inspector told me that at that time I hadn’t received any money for 2018.
The payment was around 50% of the annual amount

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