The new system, which replaces Rural Payments Online, is due to launch soon and will deliver nearly £4 billion of support to Scotland’s farming, food and rural sectors over the next five years alone.
You can find out more and watch the videos here: www.itscoming.ruralpayments.org
Rural Payments and Services will be phased in as follows:
End 2014 – Scottish Government is working towards launching the first part of its new online services which includes improved guidance, online land maps and improved customer service and support. It plans to open for customer registration in January 2015 and customers will be able to create an account and check their personal, business and land information.
During 2015 – Scottish Government will deliver the CAP reform requirements including a new single online application for some of the schemes early in the year, and improved management information and reporting
By end 2017 – Scottish Government will build up our online services to offer a range of services aimed at helping our customers manage their businesses / projects more easily
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead said:
“We need a new online system for the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to be implemented next year, as it is radically different to the existing policy.
“Rural Payments and Services has been specifically designed to make submitting an application or claim much clearer, simpler and smarter and I am pleased it remains on track to launch soon.
“It is really important that farmers and crofters familiarise themselves with the new system, and the demonstration video is a great way to do this. My officials are writing to farmers and crofters to let them know that the demo video is available to view online and I urge everyone to watch it over the coming weeks.
“Farmers and crofters will also need to register to use Rural Payments and Services once it goes live and my officials will write again shortly with more information about what to do and when.
“By having application and claim forms, guidance and up-to-date map and boundary information all in one place, the streamlined and secure Rural Payments and Services should save our hard-working farmers and crofters time, hassle and paperwork.
“We will be encouraging as many people as possible to use the new system once it is up and running, but recognise that this may not be suitable for everyone. That is why help and advice is available from local Area Offices.”