1057: Uptake of the Single Payment Scheme by farmers

This paper is summarised from the Defra Agricultural Change and Environment Observatory Research Report No. 19

Year of Publication2010

Single Payment Scheme entitlements are activated on 93% of eligible agricultural land. Uptake rates are lowest for pig, poultry and horticultural farms, but even in these cases over 60% of the land area is claimed. The number of holdings smaller than 20ha taking part declined by almost 20% between 2005 and 2007 - although it has since stabilised. There are signs of consolidation into larger businesses, with a 9% increase in the number of businesses claiming on more than a thousand hectares between 2005 and 2009. High uptake of SPS helps Defra safeguard basic environmental standards.

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farm support subsidies
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