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19 Dec 2007 - Ref 58/07

Guide to Cross Compliance in England and Management of Habitats and Landscape Features: Guidance for Cross Compliance in England.

The Guides have been made available on the Defra Whole Farm Approach and RPA websites and are being printed and sent out to farmers who receive payments under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from today.

This year, The Guide to Cross Compliance in England has been redesigned to make it easier to use and replaces the Cross Compliance Handbook and its supplements from 1 January 2008. It now has removable pages that can be used as individual fact sheets and will be easier to update and replace if legislation is amended. It is intended that this new format better reflects the needs of farmers and stakeholders.

Copies of the Guide to Cross Compliance in England (ref PB 12904) and Management of Habitats and Landscape Feature: Guidance for Cross Compliance in England (ref PB 12903) and other Cross Compliance literature can be obtained from Defra Publications
on 08459 556 000.

XC Guide - Part 1.pdfXC Guide - Part 2.pdfHabitat Guidance Final.pdf


Notes to Editors:

1. RPA is an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). It provides a range of key services in support of the department’s objectives, including making rural payments, carrying out rural inspections and livestock tracing. It is the single paying agency responsible for CAP schemes in England and is responsible for administering the Single Payment Scheme (SPS).

2. Cross Compliance puts in place a number of baseline standards that farmers are required to meet in order to receive their single payment and where applicable their environmental stewardship payment. There are two elements: standards of Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) which largely relate to the protection of soils, habitats and landscape features; and Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) which reinforce pre-existing legislative requirements covering environmental, public, plant and animal health and animal welfare objectives.
3. RPA is one of the Competent Control Authorities responsible for inspecting and enforcing Cross Compliance requirements in line with EC regulations.

4. A Cross Compliance advice helpline is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Agents can answer technical questions on Cross Compliance or tell you where to get the help you need: telephone 0845 345 1302 or visit the website at:

Page published: 8 November 2012