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Rural Payments


Scottish Government Rural Payments & Inspections Division (RPID) - On Farm Inspections

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Scottish Government Rural Payments & Inspections Division (RPID) Offices have restricted inspection activity until further notice. Specifically, RPID have suspended inspections where there is a requirement for close contact with customers. On that basis they will not undertake any new livestock inspections or surveillance agricultural wages inspections until further notice.

RPID are still undertaking potato tuber inspections but with additional measures to ensure limited contact with the grower/farmer.  

Capital inspections, such as those associated with Agri-Environment & Climate Scheme (AECS), Crofting Agricultural Grant Scheme (CAGS) or LEADER, which can be undertaken without face to face contact with the customer will continue. Customers will be contacted by telephone in advance to arrange appropriate social distancing measures and to take into account any concerns raised by the customer.


Can I visit my local area office?

Area Offices are no longer able to support face-to-face customer appointments to facilitate the submission of your electronic and/or paper SAF. However, Customer Service staff from your local office are available either by telephone and/or email to provide you with further support. You can find contact details for your local Area Office at - https://www.ruralpayments.org/topics/contact-us/. Application forms and other correspondence can still be posted through the letterbox of all area offices and a member of staff will process it as normal.

 

Are there any changes to the deadline for the Single Application Form?

At the moment there are no changes to the deadline for the Single Application Form (SAF).  The deadline is still 15 May, a recent blog by NFU Scotland Policy Manager Jenny Brunton covers the current SAF application window - https://www.nfus.org.uk/news/blog/policy-manager-for-cap-schemes-jenny-bruntons-blog-18-march-2020.   

NFU Scotland will ensure members are fully updated if there are any developments.


How do I complete paperwork if I need signatures?

  • Scottish Government recognise the issue of obtaining signatures on application forms or supporting documents due to the ‘social-distancing’ restrictions that are in place.
  • Where possible, you should try and obtain a scanned version or a photo of the signed form/document. In cases where multiple signatures are required, Scottish Government will accept the form/document with one signature.
  • Where signatures are required that cannot be obtained, the form should still be completed with the necessary information, but without the signature. In cases where the forms are missing signatures, Scottish Government will follow up in due course with the relevant parties if we need to obtain verification.
  • All documents must clearly identify the business(es) involved and the application form to which it refers, so that Scottish Government can ensure they are correctly associated when received. We ask that they included the: Business Reference Number (BRN), Main location code and Business Name. The document/form can be uploaded as a supporting document on RP&S, alternatively you can email or post them to your local area office. This will help speed up the verification process for RPID.  


How do I complete the Common Grazing Supporting document (PF27)?

  • Scottish Government has relaxed the requirement to have a signature on the Common Grazing Supporting document (PF27).
  • RPID must still receive written confirmation of the shares being transferred and the business receiving these. This can be done by either uploading the PF27 form or an email from a mandated business representative as supporting documentation. Alternatively, the form can be posted to the local area office.


I need to transfer entitlements


How do I complete a paper SAF?

Paper forms will now be sent out by post to all those who submitted a paper form in 2019. These should be received by 6 April. Completed paper application forms and other correspondence can be posted through the letter box of area offices and a member of staff will process it as normal.

Please contact NFUS Policy Manager Jenny Brunton – jenny.brunton@nfus.org.uk with any queries regarding the 2020 SAF window.


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