• The Chancellor has guaranteed direct payments for the 2019 claim year (and possibly 2020). While welcome, it is possible that the UK will not have finalised Brexit by then and will still be part of the BPS
  • Approvals for all Rural Development Regulation (RDR) schemes have been allowed to resume until the Autumn Statement on 23 November. Again, this is welcome news but only provides a very brief window of progress for the schemes before being blighted by doubt again
  • The uncertainty has led to around half the applications to the Growth Programme being withdrawn nationally. Some Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have still not approved a project, two and a half years after the EU opened the RDR
  • All the schemes, particularly those administered by LEADER and LEPs, are having their processes streamlined so as to allow approvals to be made in the brief window of opportunity between now and 23 November.
  • The Countryside Stewardship Scheme is open, with a deadline for applications of 30 September for a January 2017 start date