Basic payment scheme

Get on with the basic payment scheme registration

Registration for the basic payment scheme is one task where it is worth being ahead. While the registration process is straight forward (in general) the subsequent application process may prove more demanding than in recent years. 


We recommend:

1. Telephone 03000 200 301 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm)

2. Select option 1 (Register)

3. Select Option 2 (Do not use Gov.verify)

You will be asked questions such as:

• Single Business Identifier (SBI)

• If available, personal identifier (PI), memorable name, place and date

• Date of birth

• Details of the bank account used for latest SPS payment

• Holding number(s)

• Number of entitlements owned

• Last payment

We suggest that the last application, payment statement and entitlement statements are at hand.

You will be given a 10-digit Customer Registration Number (CRN) and an email will be sent containing a temporary registration and link to the registration website. If you do not have an email address you can ask that it is sent to someone else to complete the process – but warn them; the process must be completed within 12 hours.

Once registered you can select an agent if required by choosing ‘Add an individual’ or ‘Add people from a firm of agents’ and searching. There are a number of levels of authority for each aspect of the claim and the default level may not be appropriate. You might find it useful just to find someone to check your work or you might want someone to complete the application for you. You can add and remove agents quickly and simply if you change your mind.

The functionality will be implemented over the next few months but be warned a number of errors are already visible. These will need sorting out before the application can be complete.

It is important to be prepared for the scheme and there are a number of areas where prompt action might be beneficial.

• Check data held by the RPA. Field parcels are often wrong.

• Be prepared to buy or sell entitlements if land and entitlements do not match

• If appropriate prepare for making an application for the additional Young Farmer subsidy

• Be aware that the application is likely to require more sketch maps including those showing grass margins and even buffer strips used for the Ecological Focus Area (EFA)

• Do not leave the application until the 14 May 2015


Key contacts

Andrew Wraith

Andrew Wraith

Food & Farming

Savills Lincoln

+44 (0) 1522 508 973

+44 (0) 1522 508 973