Agricultural holdings in Scotland—subsidy rights
Produced in partnership with Mike Blair of Gillespie Macandrew LLP
Agricultural holdings in Scotland—subsidy rights

The following Property practice note produced in partnership with Mike Blair of Gillespie Macandrew LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Agricultural holdings in Scotland—subsidy rights
  • Basic Payment Scheme—2015–2020
  • Payment regions
  • Payment caps
  • Eligibility and participation
  • BPS entitlements (BPSE)
  • Inspections review and appeals
  • Transfer of BPSE and the ‘Siphon’—land sales and leases
  • Young farmer payment
  • Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme
  • More...

The administration of the present EU agricultural subsidy schemes in Scotland is in disarray due to multiple and ongoing failures of the computer system run by the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Department (SGRIPD) also referred to as Agriculture Food and Rural Communities Directorate (AFRCD).

SGRIPD administers a variety of EU and National subsidy schemes, mostly through the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS)—hence the term ‘IACS Forms’. Notwithstanding the problems with the computer, application forms, either hard copy or online, must be completed, usually annually and with scheme specific closing dates, to apply for subsidy.

For detail of the various schemes, reference must be made to the SGRIPD website. Particular care must be taken to ensure that the most recent guidance is being referred to. Note that at times in the past, the website has not been up-to-date with all current changes. This Practice Note deals with the following schemes:

  1. Basic Payment Scheme, including the ‘greening’ element (BPS)

  2. Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme (SSBSS)

  3. Sheep Upland Support Scheme (SUSS)

  4. Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP)

  5. Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS)

For all currently available schemes, see: Overview of schemes.

Basic Payment Scheme—2015–2020

The BPS replaced the Single Farm Payment Scheme (SFP) in 2015.

Payment regions

For BPS subsidy purposes, Scotland is divided into three topographical payment regions, and a single farm can have a combination of them within it.

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