Rural Payments and Services

Rural Payments and Services is the new online system for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It includes information, guidance and online services for people in rural areas across Scotland.

To use the new system, you’ll need to re-register your business details with us. When you have re-registered and your information is up to date, the new online system will make submitting an application or claim clearer, simpler and smarter.


Latest news on CAP direct payments below

Agriculture is an important sector of the Scottish economy. The vast majority of land in Scotland is under agricultural production and the sector is responsible for much of Scotland's food exports.

In rural areas the industry creates many economic, environmental and social benefits, with a large number of people directly employed in agricultural activities.

The Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) was a programme of economic, environmental and social measures, worth some £1.2 billion, designed to develop rural Scotland from 2007 to 2013. The next stage of the SRDP will cover the years 2014 to 2020.

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Rural Payments and Services Planned Maintenance

To help minimise disruption to customers, we have now allocated a regular slot for planned maintenance of the Rural Payments and Services website. This will take place every Thursday evening between 21:00 and midnight, and Rural Payments and Services will not be available during these times. There may be occasional exceptions to this, such as when we need to apply urgent fixes– but, as always, we will seek to minimise service disruption wherever possible.

Updated Greening Booklet

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.

Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) Roadshows

SRDP Roadshow Schedule

Main events

16 Feb - Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries 19:30 - 21:00
17 Feb - Carfraemill Hotel, Carfraemill 19:30 - 21:00
19 Feb - The Western House Hotel, Ayr 19:30 - 21:00
20 Feb - Corran Halls, Oban 14:00 - 15:30
24 Feb - Skye Camanachd, Portree 19:30 - 21:00
25 Feb - Thistle Hotel, Inverness 19:30 - 21:00
26 Feb - The Albert Hotel, Kirkwall 19:30 - 21:00
02 Mar - Dewars Centre, Perth 19:30 - 21:00
03 Mar - Exchange at Thainstone Mart, Inverurie 19:30 - 21:00
05 Mar - Loch Lomond Sealife Centre Theatre 19:30 - 21:00
10 Mar - Shetland Hotel, Lerwick 19:30 - 21:00
12 Mar - Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula 19:30 - 21:00

Additional local events

03 Mar - Kinloch Hotel, Blackwaterfoot 19:00 - 21:00
04 Mar - Barvas and Brue Community Centre, Lower Barvas 19:00 - 21:00
05 Mar - Lanark Market 19:30 - 21:00
09 Mar - Green Valley Golf Academy, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer 19:30 - 21:00
18 Mar - Park Hotel, Thurso 19:30 - 21:00
19 Mar - Community Centre, Lairg 19:30 - 21:00

Come along to one of the above events to find out more about the new SRDP.

Contact your local RPID area office if you would like more information on the additional local events being arranged in your area. If you cannot make it to any of the events, visit for more information.