Farming: Single Payment Scheme

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The Single Payment Scheme (SPS) is the principal agricultural subsidy scheme in the European Union. Under the scheme farmers have greater freedom to farm to the demands of the market as subsidies are no longer linked to production, and environmentally friendly farming practices (known as cross compliance) are better acknowledged and rewarded.


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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.


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The information on the Single Payment Scheme applies to England only - for information on the scheme in the other parts of the United Kingdom, contact the appropriate Devolved Administration.

Page last modified: 22 October 2007
Page published: 27 September 2007

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs