CS Payments Update

CS Payments Update

With the ongoing delays to Environmental Stewardship (ES) 2016 and 2017 final payments, the Environmental Secretary stated that the expectation is that 95% of ES 2017 final payments should be made by 31st July 2019. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is currently focused on clearing the back-log of ES 2016 and 2017 final payments. DEFRA and the RPA were asked to consider making bridging payments for unpaid ES 2018 claims.

The Environmental Secretary’s confirmed in his speech to the NFU Conference on 19th February that in relation to payments for Countryside Stewardship (CS) 2018 claims, that DEFRA has committed to:-

• paying 95% of CS 2018 claims by 31st March 2019 (including bridging payments in early April to those who are unpaid by 31st March)
• paying 95% of CS final payments by 31st July 2019, with an immediate move to making full CS payments (advance and final in a single payment)”

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