The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a European scheme to help farmers. The CAP is made up of two pillars - rural payments and the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP).


While we are in the EU we adhere to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

This comprises of:

The Scottish Government is the payment authority for the EU's payment schemes.

In 2017 we produced the CAP stabilisation plan to improve the payment process for customers. We have also published a CAP payment timetable.

In 2018 we consulted about proposals for a five year transition period for farming and rural support should Scotland leave the EU.


CAP is a European wide scheme to support farmers. Read more: The Common Agriculutural Policy (CAP) at a glance and UK: CAP in your country on the European Commission's website.





Please contact your Rural Services and Payments local area office if you have any questions.

You can also book an appointment in your local area office.