Rural Payments and Services

Rural Payments and Services


If you have a question about CAP payments, or how to apply for them, please contact your local RPID area office

If your question relates to our wider CAP policy, please contact the CAP reform policy team on 03002449505

CAP Moving Forward

Pillar One: Consultation on the Implementation of CAP Direct Payments from 2015 - Consultation now closed

CAP 2015 -2020 Direct Payments Consultation Report - June 2014


Pillar Two: Scotland Rural Development Programme - Final Proposals - Consultation now closed

Summary Report: Analysis of Responses to Second Consutation

Annex 1: Analysis of Responses to Second Consutation

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Common Agricultural Policy

Bale PictureThe reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been one of the most
important decisions for Scotland’s agricultural industry in recent years.

Now that Europe has reached a deal we know the shape of the support system
until 2020 and can plan for the future.

The Scottish Government lobbied hard to ensure Scotland's diverse farming needs were well represented in the reformed policy and we were involved in helping to shape solutions which will deliver for Scotland’s farmers.

Work is continuing on the fine detail of the system - which provides agricultural support and programmes throughout the EU.

The latest information relating to CAP reform in Scotland can be found on these pages. Other ways to keep up to speed are by signing up for the rural newsletter, reading the blog or following @GreenerScotland on Twitter.

CAP 2015

CAP reform is here


From January 2015 we will be implementing the biggest reform in a generation and we want to give you as much information as we can about CAP 2015.

What's new

On 3 August, at the Turriff Show, Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead kick started the National Discussion on the Future of Scottish Agriculture.

Mr Lochhead is asking individuals with an interest in agriculture, or rural land use, to get involved in the National Discussion over the next 4 months. Individuals can do this through a variety of ways including holding their own local discussion event.

To assist those wishing to hold a discussion event, as part of Scotland’s National Discussion on The Future of Scottish Agriculture, we have created a discussion took kit which you may find helpful.