Farming: Single Payment Scheme
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.
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.
- 20 December 2007 – Announcement on SPS aspects of the EU fruit and vegetable regime.
- 18 December 2007 – written statement by Hilary Benn on the Single Payment Scheme.
- 20 November 2007 - A brochure, SPS Information for farmers and growers in England, November 2007, is being sent out to all Single Payment Scheme applicants.
- 22 October 2007: Aid for Energy Crops Scheme - 2007 scaleback figures announced by EU. For further details please see the RPA website.
- 26 September 2007: Hilary Benn announces action to monitor impact of EU Agriculture Council's decision on 0% set aside rate for 2008
- 29 August 2007 - Fruit, vegetable and potato authorisation system to be abolished
- 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 Single Payment Scheme
- 30 January 2007 - consultation on proposal for a Single Common Market Organisation for agricultural products
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