Vickers and Barrass is a firm of Rural Chartered Surveyors offering a professional land agency service throughout the North East of England.
The business was established by Harry Vickers in 1973 and in September 2012 it was acquired by Darlington Farmers Auction Mart Limited to expand their range of services. TH Vickers Limited trading as Vickers and Barrass is now fronted and managed by Adam Barrass BSC (Honours in REALM, MRICS, FAAV) and Harry Vickers (BSC FRICS) who continues to work as a consultant.

LATEST NEWS

SHOW SEASON

Vickers and Barrass will be in attendance at Northumberland County Show and Wolsingham Show in conjunction with DFAM and pleased to sponsor Eastgate Sheep Show and Stanhope Show. We would like to wish everyone good luck during the show season and welcome clients to enjoy our hospitality at the Northumberland County and Wolsingham.

Northumberland County Show Website

Wolsingham Show Website

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME CLAIMS FOR 2016

Basic Payment Scheme claims for 2016 may be submitted online using the Rural Payment service or you can obtain a BP5 form from the RPA. Hopefully later this week it may be possible to begin the process.

You can now view and change your personal and business details and transfer entitlements online and hopefully around mid-March you claim can be submitted.

If you registered for BPS in 2015 there is no need to re-register. If you are a new applicant and have not previously registered you must contact the RPA on 03000 200 301. Once you have registered and received your Customer Registration Number (CRN) you must then sign into the Rural Payments Services enter the CRN and security number and then create your own password. Once you have completed this stage you will then be able to see your own details, your land parcels and the entitlements you hold. The business details must be checked and any persons not connected/or who has left the business can be removed. Additional people can be added to your business providing they have a CRN number.

Your land and entitlements can also be viewed on line together with your land parcels associated with your SBI. Each parcel has been listed as arable, permanent grassland, permanent crops or non-agricultural land and will show the eligible area you can claim for BPS.

If you submitted an RLE 1 to remove an ineligible feature this work may not have been completed and may not be shown your maps. If the work has not been completed then an exclamation icon should be displayed next to the land parcel. You do not need to submit a further RLE 1.

Your maps can be printed but only by individual field basis. Last year the RPA sent a full set of RLR maps and where possible these should be used again for your 2016 BPS claim. However if there have been any mapping issues then it is recommended that you print the field from the land viewer. The key things to check are the land parcel is associated with your SBI, if you have submitted and RLE 1 to check the amendments have been carried out or not. If there are further changes you need to make print off the field parcel from the land viewer and make the amendments/drawing on the map. You must also complete an RLE 1 form and this should be submitted to the RPA prior to 16 May 2016. We would strongly recommend you take copies and send your RLE 1 forms and maps Royal Mail Special Delivery.

If you are transferring land it is advisable to transfer the land on line and should transfer from one party to the other overnight. If you are transferring part of a field then you will need to complete and RLE 1. Only whole fields can be transferred on line.

The RPA have confirmed that claim statements will be sent out via post unlike the entitlement statements, these are available to view on line. The transfer of entitlements can also be completed on line. The deadline for transferring entitlements is 16 May 2016.

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact the Tow Law Office.

For further information regarding Common land and shared grazing: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/505558/BPS_2016_Common_land_and_shared_grazing__DS_.pdf

The Rural Payments Agency has confirmed that you can apply on line and submit your 2016 Basic Payment application from 19 March. For 2016 BP scheme rules go to https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/505559/BPS_2016_scheme_rules_FINAL__DS_.pdf

GRASS PARKS TO LET

LAND AT GALLEYBURN FARM, HAMSTERLEY MILL NE39 1HA

Approximately 55 acres of productive grassland to let which is suitable for mowing and grazing sheep only. The land benefits from good secure road frontage access and mains water.

The land is to be let on a seasonal grazing licence from 1 April 2016 to 30 November 2016.

Tenders are invited by 12 noon on 18 March 2016 on the appropriate tender form.

For full details and to register your intentions to view please email abarrass@vickersandbarrass.co.uk or telephone our office at Tow Law 01388 730095

LEADER SCHEME

The LEADER Scheme is a part of the Rural Development Programme for (RPDE) and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund which for Rural Development (EAFRD). Under LEADER, Local Action Groups (LAGs) can allocate funding to local businesses and organisations to help carrying projects which help create jobs in the rural area.

Money is awarded to LAG which can be given to local businesses and organisations that apply for it. The Rural Payment Agency (RPA) manages the LEADER scheme nationally and will make the payments to successful applicants.

Applications can be made by private, public businesses or voluntary organisations such as:

  • Farmers
  • Growers
  • Foresters
  • Other rural businesses
  • Someone wanting to start a business

Grants are available for a range of activities which support at least one of the six LEADER priorities.

  • Support to increase farm productivity
  • Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification
  • Support for rural tourism
  • Provisions of rural services
  • Support for cultural and heritage activity
  • Support for increasing forestry productivity

Follow the links for more information on support to increase farm productivity.

LEADER Equipment for Farm Productivity

MAGIC Postcode Checker UG

NPD Handbook FINAL

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP PAYMENTS

Natural England’s payment window is between 31 December 2015 and 30 June 2016 for the environmental stewardship scheme. Claimants should be aware of potential tax issues when gaining payments this is due to payments falling in different tax years or two payments into one tax year.

2016 BPS UPDATES

From February the land viewer for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme should be available to view digital maps and aerial photography of clients' land online. Unlike in 2015 land cannot be edited and a RLE1 must still be completed however land can now be transferred online. Maps can be printed for the farmer’s use however this system is only able to print one map at a time instead of large parts of the farm steading on one map. At the current time, the RPA will not post or email out full sets of maps as the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS, formerly the RLR) is being updated in readiness for the Land Viewer being made available.

2015 BPS UPDATES

The RPA have made a further 3,472 payments to claimants making a total 61,172 payments (over 70%) on 27 January 2016. The total value of payments made now stands at over £845 million out of an estimated total fund of £1.43 billion (this was £779 million as at 19th January 2016).

The RPA is also now aware of several instances where it seems either an under or over payment has been made for BPS 2015. As claim statements are being sent out more cases of this nature will undoubtedly emerge. Everyone is asked to check any claim statement they receive to ensure they have received the correct payment.

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME: WHAT IS HAPPENING OVER THE NEXT THREE MONTHS?

The Rural Payment Agency (RPA) has received over 88,000 applications for the new Basic Payment Scheme this year. Since all the applications were submitted the RPA have been contacting anyone who they needed additional information from which were missing from their original records. They have also been adding the information from the application forms into their computer system called “Rural Payments”.

So what is next?

October 2015

In October the RPA have been working on land and entitlement transfers. They have been contacting anyone who has sent a RLE1 form to let parties know if their transfers are completed and the person they have transferred too.

November 2015

The RPA will announce the payment rates for the Basic Payment Scheme (entitlement values and the greening payment rate) and the young farmer payment. As mentioned a few weeks ago the exchange rate was set at €1 = £0.73129; all those who applied for entitlements from the National Reserve as new entrants will be contacted to tell them whether their application has been successful.

December 2015

Payments will start from the 1 December. The aim for the RPA is to make the majority of the payments by 31 December. Once the payment has been completed a Remittance Advice which will show the amount paid will be sent. If a payment is not going to be made until before the end of January 2016, the RPA will contact the individual explaining why the payment has not been made and an estimate to when it should be completed by.

January 2016

The vast majority of payments should be made by 31 January, if not the RPA will remain in contact with the individuals informed to when they should be paid. After the Remittance Advice a Claim Statement will be sent. The Claim Statement will show how the RPA have work out the payment and give details of any reductions or penalties applied.

Avoiding fraud

In the past, banks have warned that fraudsters- pretending to be from their bank’s fraud department may try and target farmers who receive subsidy payments. The same fraudulent activity could take place this year, so be aware- particularly as December approaches and payments start.

Remember:

·         The bank will never ask you for your full online password

 

·         Your bank will not ask you to make a payment over the phone using your online account. 

AGRI ENVIRONMENT PAYMENT SHOULD START NEXT WEEK

Payments of ELS/HLS/OELS/UELS should be starting to reach some client’s bank accounts over the next few weeks but due to the high level of claims Natural England have to process they have until 31 December to make all payments.  In a recent press release they have said “Natural England do expect to keep their commitment to make all payments by the end of December”

If you are at the end of an ELS or UELS agreement you will not receive the normal half yearly payment. To complicate matters you will receive half of the half yearly payment and then the remainder has to be paid to you by end June 2016.  For example if your annual payment was £1,000 the half yearly payment would be £500.  By end of December you will receive £250 and a further £250 by June 2016.

Please note that once Natural England have approved your claim it can take up to 10 working days for the Rural Payments Agency to release your payment.

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