Land management developments
CAP reform and rural development
The current Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2007-2013 ended on 31 December 2013. This webpage includes information on scheme developments, key issues and deadlines for the 2014 transition year and the development of the next Rural Development Programme (RDP).
Work is being carried out nationally on the design for a successor to the RDPE 2007-2013. Defra are working closely with Natural England, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), the Environment Agency (EA) and the Forestry Commission (FC) on this. We are committed to working together to ensure customers and stakeholders are provided in good time with information about how CAP Reform affects them and what they might have to do.
CAP Reform Countdown symbol
This ‘CAP Reform stopwatch symbol’ will be used on communications from Defra, Natural England, the Rural Payments Agency, the Forestry Commission and Defra’s RDPE Delivery Team over coming months. It will appear on letters, newsletters, webpages and briefings to flag up to customers and stakeholders important information on the new CAP schemes.
Latest updates, information and Q&A briefings:
General updates and information:
If you have any questions regarding the development of the next RDP or the new scheme, please contact: CAP.email@example.com.
Other scheme developments
- Rationales for expiring ESAs- Details on how Natural England assesses expiring agreements suitability for transfer into HLS or ELS/Uplands ELS and individual documents for each ESA aimed at providing national consistency, clarity and openness around how we do this.
- Making Environmental Stewardship More Effective (MESME)- From 1 January 2013, five new ELS options have been introduced and there have been a number of changes to existing ES option prescriptions and points values. The changes have been introduced as a result of the MESME project. This was a Defra-led project which aimed to improve the delivery of environmental outcomes from Environmental Stewardship (ES).
- Scheme payment timings- Information on the Single Administrative Crosscheck (SAC), carried out each summer for all agreements in a payment year (1 July to 1 June). Also, information on the changes to ES payments timings - includes Defra Press Release, Q&A document: (65kb) and ES Payment Timing tool: (314kb). Please note that the ES Payment Timing tool does not work for agreements due to start after 2013. We are currently working on developing a replacement tool.