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Rural Payments and Services

Rural Payments and Services

Rural Issues in Scotland

Latest news on CAP direct payments in the News section below.

Rural Scotland, covering 95 per cent of the land area and 18 per cent of the population, is an integral part of the country's economy, environment and culture. The Scottish Government's aim is to promote development in rural areas and empower communities.

The Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) is a programme of economic, environmental and social measures, worth some £1.2 billion, designed to develop rural Scotland.

In Focus

Crofting reform

CroftingThe modernisation of Scotland's vital crofting sector has taken an 'important step forward' with the second phase of the Act's commencement.

As part of the implementation of the Crofting Reform Act 2010, the order laid in parliament will bring into force sections that will:

  • Transform the Crofters Commission into the Crofting Commission with a new constitution and powers commencing on 1 April 2012
  • Place duties on tenant and owner-occupied crofters to occupy and work their crofts, to be enforced by the Commission, from 1 October 2011.
  • Protect croft land by allowing the Land Court and the Commission to take into account a wider range of factors when deciding on resumption and de-crofting applications
  • Provide greater flexibility for the succession of crofts by allowing a croft to be bequeathed to two or more people

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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.