Farmers can now apply for the Basic Payment Scheme with a deadline of 15th May 2023. This year, Defra will again make an advance payment of around 50% from the start of August 2023 with the remainder paid from December.
Next year, BPS will be replaced with delinked payments based on a farmer’s average BPS payments for the 2020 to 2022 scheme years. Farmers must claim and be eligible for BPS payments in the 2023 scheme year to receive delinked payments for 2024 to 2027. It is therefore very important that you apply this year.