Now, following the deadline extension for the submission of the BPS application there has belatedly been an identical extension for submission of entitlement transfers. This is important because in this first year of the BPS any spare entitlements which are not claimed will be confiscated permanently and their value placed in the National Reserve.
Claimants must make sure they have matched their eligible land with the equivalent number of entitlements and if any adjustment in their number is required these now need to be made by June 15. To transfer entitlements you need to complete a paper RLE1 form which can be downloaded from the RPA website.
To make a claim, the RPA have produced a blank claim form (BPS5) which can also be downloaded from the website. However, the RPA have now started emailing pre-populated forms to people who claimed last year with a copy of their RLR maps. If you do not receive these shortly, you should contact the RPA promptly.
This is obviously a busy time in the farming calendar and so it is welcome that the application deadlines have been pushed back to June 15 but this is no reason to be complacent because there are still tasks which need to be dealt with.
Farmers and their advisors need to keep their wits about them during this crucial period.