Support centres set up for help with BPS claims

Farmers in the North East can visit one of two support centres set up by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) in the region to help them with their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2015 application.

They can drop into support centres in Alnwick and Newcastle to hand in their application form, RLE1 form and any supporting documents.

They can also get a basic check of their forms to ensure they have included their SBI number, land data, filled in the active farmer section and signed the declaration.

Additionally, they can ask general questions about BPS and get a submission receipt for their application form and RLE1 form.

Farmers who still require help to register on the Rural Payments system, together with agents who need to make five or more claims, need to make an appointment at a support centre by calling the Rural Payments helpline on 03000 200 301.

The support centre in Alnwick is based at the Defra office in Lion House, Willowburn Trading Estate, and is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm.