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The RPA has used part of the BPS budget to create a pot of money called the ‘national reserve’, this money is to be used to create additional BPS entitlements.
New Farmers and Young Farmers who apply for BPS, can apply for additional entitlements out of this pot.

New Farmers need to show that:
• They are 18 or over when they make their BPS application
• They started an agricultural activity on or after 1st January 2013
• They hadn’t carried out or controlled any farming activity in the previous 5 years to the commencement of this activity
• They are in control of the farm business

Young Farmers need to show they are:
• At least 18 years old when they make their 2015 BPS claim, but no more than 40 years old
• In control of the farm business that is applying for BPS, and
• Set up or took control of that business for the first time on or after 1 January 2010

If you would like more information about these additional entitlements or advice about making a claim, call Sally on 01237 472725.