Support centre set up to help local farmers

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Farmers in south Lincolnshire can visit a support centre set up by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) in Spalding to help them with their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2015 application.

They can drop into a support centre in Spalding 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.

Customer director Justin Chamberlain said: “A range of support is available to help farmers with their Basic Payment Scheme application and this includes the creation of support centres across the country.

“No farmer should be more than 30 miles from a support centre and we also have mobile support units to bring the service to areas where it is needed most.

“I would advise farmers to get their claim started as early as possible so that they have plenty of time to access any support they may need.”

In Spalding, the support centre is based at the Environment Agency office in district offices, Stepping Stone Walk and is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 11am to 5pm.

More information about support centres can be found on Gov.UK