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

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME LATEST NEWS

Important update on your 2015 Basic Payment Scheme Application

RPA has released information on how to claim the Basic Payment Scheme 2015 now the online system is abandoned.

Today (23 March 2015) - The  Basic Payment Scheme application form will be available on GOV.UK. Applicants will be able to start their claims.

During April RPA will send farm businesses a pre-populated application form which  can then be completed and submitted either by post or by hand at the nearest support centre. 

Vickers and Barrass are completing paper forms for all clients to guarantee submission of a claim form to RPA.  

COMMON LAND POLICY UPDATE

See below for the Common Land Policy update link for significant sums of money to be reclaimed. 

BPS-commons-policy-statement.pdf

COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY FEBRUARY 2015 UPATE ON AVAILABLE SCHEMES

There is a new Common Argicultural Policy booklet which can be found by clicking the link below.  This has all of the lastest information which DEFRA has produced.


The new Common Agricultural Policy schemes in England: February 2015 update

THE BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME IN ENGLAND 2015
Please see the attached link.  This guidance explains the rules of the new scheme including who can claim, information on eligibility and what you can grow and do on your land.

The Basic Payment Scheme in England 2015
NEW EUROPEAN REGULATIONS
From 1 January 2015 new European Regulations came into force regarding existing Environmental Stewardship Schemes. This entails all ELS/UELS/ OELS and HLS agreement holders to submit an annual claim form to Natural England by 15 May each year for the remainder of your agreement. Further information will be sent to each agreement holder in March this year with details of how to make your annual claim; this will be a separate claim to your Basic Payment Scheme submission. It is vital that your claim is received by Natural England prior to the 15 May as there will be a reduction in your payment of 1% per working day until 9 June. Any claim submitted after 9 June will receive no payment for that year. If you have any queries regarding this please contact Pat Cotterill at the Tow Law office.
CROSS COMPLIANCE
The Farming Advice Service (FAS) has published two technical articles giving top tips on meeting the cross compliance requirements for cattle identification and registration rules and sheep and goat identification. Whilst this information is based on the cross compliance regime under SPS in 2014, the information is still useful and relevant for the new cross compliance regime in 2015.
SPS 2014 – RPA CREATES NEW RECORD ON FIRST DAY PAYMENTS
The Rural Payments Agency achieves best-ever performance on first day of payment window
2014 Single Payment Scheme payments have now commenced with the effect from 1st December 2014 and payment statements will be available 10 days from the date of remittance.
If you have any queries with your 2014 Single Payment please do not hesitate to contact Vickers and Barrass.
NEW 2015 CROSS COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE AVAILABLE NOW
Rural Payments Agency urges farmers to get up to speed with the new rules or risk losing money.
  • Groundwater
  • Wild Birds
  • Habitats
  • Animal Welfare
CAP REFORM: INTRODUCING THE NEW COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP
Countryside Stewardship will be open to all eligible farmers, land managers, land owners and tenants. It will replace:
  • Environmental Stewardship (ES)
  • the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) 
  • capital grants from the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) programme

The Countryside Stewardship, the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) environmental land management scheme gives an overview of how Countryside Stewardship works, including important information about:

  • the 3 main elements (Higher Tier, Mid Tier and a range of capital grants)
  • when agreements and payments will start
  • what funding will be available in 2015
Alongside this, they have published the proposed payment rates for Countryside Stewardship. These are the payment rates for both land management options and capital items.
For Further information will be seen on the Links below
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