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Rural Payments and Services

Rural Payments and Services

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You received a letter from us on 30 October 2014 about Regionalisation under the Basic Payment Scheme.  It is important that you read and understand the information relating to the Payment Region provisionally allocated to your land parcel(s).

Greening Booklet updated 03 March 2015

On 11th June 2014 Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead, announced his decisions on CAP.

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Pillar 1 - Direct Payments

Rural Payments and Services

CAP 2015

From January 2015, direct payments, Pillar 1 of the new CAP, will be made up of:

Basic Payment Scheme

Greening Payment

Updated 03 March 2015 Greening booklet

Since we published our Greening booklet in October, there have been a few changes that we wanted to let you know about. We made these changes following feedback from the European Commission and we also wanted to give you further clarity on specific topics you have raised with us.

Please have a look at the updated Greening booklet. The changes are highlighted in bold and with a green arrow for changes made in January 2015 and with an orange arrow for changes made in March 2015 on the left hand side so you can see at a glance what has been updated.

This version supersedes previous versions and we recommend that you use this version as guidance from

National Reserve

The reserve will be used to allocate new entitlements (and, in some cases, to increase the unit value of existing entitlements) to young farmers, new entrants and other disadvantaged groups.

Voluntary Coupled Support

For Scottish beef mainland, Scottish beef islands and Scottish sheep.

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For further information on rules and eligibility:


Pillar 2 - Scottish Rural Development Programme



More information on Pillar 2 of the CAP - Scottish Rural Development Programme is available.