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Latest news on CAP and direct payments.


On 11 June 2014 Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead, announced his decisions on CAP implementation. The Scottish Government has produced a series of guides:

Greening FAQs (Please see new amendments on pages 2, 3, 4 and 6 - last published on August 21, 2014)

An introduction to what it means to you

Direct Payments guide (Pillar 1)

Direct Payments leaflet (Pillar 1)

Scottish Rural Development Programme (Pillar 2)

Direct Payments Analysis paper

Details of the way the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be implemented in Scotland were formally submitted to Europe on August 1, 2014. The news release is available here.


June 11, 2014 - Pillar Two: Scotland Rural Development Programme

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead, announced his decisions on CAP implementation today in Parliament. The Scottish Government has produced two Factsheets covering the Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 decisions along with a Direct Payments Analysis paper.

News Release
Summary Report - Analysis of Responses to the Second Consultation on the Scotland Rural Development Programme.
Annex Report - Analysis of Responses to the Second Consultation on the Scotland Rural Development Programme.
View the responses here.
Comments from our Stakeholders.
A summary document of the proposals is also available.



June 11 2014 - Pillar 1 - Direct Payments information



Rural Matters Facebook page

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Your guide to completing your Single Application Form (SAF) 2014.





The Scotland Rural Development Programme was a £1.2 billion programme of economic, environmental and social measures, designed to develop rural Scotland between 2007 and 2013. The next stage of the Scotland Rural Development Programme is due to run from 2014-2020.


The Scottish Government has taken steps to ensure that transition arrangements are in place for as much as possible of the SRDP for 2014, until the new Common Agricultural Policy starts in 2015.


The Scottish Government is committed to listening to customers in helping to shape the way it delivers services. Please send general comments and suggestions to


If you have a specific question please contact your local area office.



Further Information 

Common Agricultural Policy budget allocations

Vital support to continue in ‘gap’ year between rural programmes

Essential EU funding for farmers which was due to end in 2013 will continue for another year. Delays in Europe passing necessary legislation meant some streams of support faced a year-long gap until the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) can come into effect in 2015.

The main elements of the transition arrangements for 2014 are as follows:

  • Pillar 1 of the CAP (direct payments to farmers) – the current system based on Single Farm Payments - will essentially remain in place for 2014, with the new system starting in 2015.
  • The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme ,which provides support to farm business operating in remote and fragile areas, will continue in 2014 - with a 2015 payment date as normal.
  • Agri-environment contracts (including organic agreements) that were due to expire on December 31, 2013 will be extended for another year.
  • Forestry payments – Woodland creation and woodland management projects will be able to go ahead in 2014-15 under contracts being approved up to the end of this year.
  • The main elements of the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grant Scheme (CCAGS) will continue under a state aid scheme although continued funding for drainage schemes will depend on the final transition regulations agreed by the European Commission.
  • The Scottish Government is making a strong case for transition regulations to allow continued support for Scotland’s LEADER scheme, which has invested around £60 million to support rural communities, and the EU-funded £10 million Food and Drink scheme. A decision is expected from Europe shortly.
  • There will be no new Land Managers Options (LMO) applications for 2014 as this type of non-competitive support will not be permitted under the new regulatory framework put in place by the European Commission. Instead, the Scottish Government is working on options to ensure the new SRDP in 2015 will provide effective and accessible support to farmers in Scotland.