Farming: Single Payment Scheme / CAP Reform
Under the CAP Reform package, the Single Payment Scheme replaces eleven schemes with one new single payment. Farmers will have greater freedom to farm to the demands of the market as subsidies will be decoupled from production, and environmentally friendly farming practices will be better acknowledged and rewarded.
The Rural Payments Agency, an Executive Agency of Defra, is the single paying agency responsible for CAP schemes in England and certain schemes throughout the UK. Visit the RPA website for up to date information about payments under the Single Payment Scheme, including forms and guidance.
- 29 August 2007 - Fruit, vegetable and potato authorisation system to be abolished
- 20 July 2007 - Commission announces intention to introduce a proposal to set at 0% the obligatory set-aside rate for the 2008 scheme year
- 19 March 2007 - communiqué on Italian and British shared positions on the future of European agriculture policy
- 2 March 2007 - David Miliband and Italian Agriculture Minister, Paolo De Castro, joint statement on how EU policy can help farming thrive in a changing world
- 22 February 2007 - written statement by David Miliband on the new Single Payment Scheme
- 30 January 2007 - consultation on proposal for a Single Common Market Organisation for agricultural products
A Vision for the Common Agricultural Policy
A Vision for the Common Agricultural Policy - this paper published jointly with the Treasury in December 2005, set out a vision for the future of the European Unions Common Agricultural Policy. Its aim is to stimulate and help inform debate.
Single Payment Scheme
Under the CAP Reform package, the Single Payment Scheme will simplify the application arrangements for subsidy payments by replacing eleven CAP payment schemes with one new single payment. Farmers will have greater freedom to farm to the demands of the market as subsidies will be decoupled from production. At the same time, environmentally friendly farming practices will be better acknowledged and rewarded. Meeting the requirements relating to the environment, public and plant health and animal health and welfare is described as ‘cross-compliance’. The implementation of the CAP reform is central to England's Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food.
- What's new? - The latest updates on this website
- What are the reforms? - See Single Payment Scheme - Policies
- 'Questions and Answers' provide clarification on policy. This section is updated to include answers to questions that are frequently received by the Defra helpline and policy correspondence team.
The information on the CAP reform implementation applies to England only - for information on CAP Reform in the other parts of the United Kingdom, contact the appropriate Devolved Administration.
Page last modified: 30 August 2007
Page published: 20 July 2004