Guidance Updates

This table lists all updates which have been made to the guidance published on this website for Rural Priorities since June 1, 2008. The most recent version of the guidance will always be the one available on the website. However, if you have printed any pages, you may find this table useful to establish if there have been any updates made since the date of printing.

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Page Title

Date of Update

Update Made

Standard Cost Capital Claims and Actual Cost Capital Claims

April 2014

For audit purposes we have added an additional line into the reporting spreadsheet for Capital Claims. Applicants must state the amount they are claiming against each item and the total cost claimed. For further guidance please follow the links in the page title at the left of this update.

Changes to Options 47, 48, 49 -
Woodland Creation, Sustainable Management of Forests, Woodland Management Grant.

February 2014

Please use the links to the left to navigate to the individual options - there you will find which options are open or closed.

For further information please read the FCS Briefing Note 9 - SRDP Forestry Grants.

Changes to Variations Guidance 8 February 2014 Due to the close of the SRDP 2007-2013, the flexibility to allow a variation rollover into the next financial year no longer exists. We will no longer accept requests to transfer spend from 2013 onwards to future years. We have extended the deadline for 2013 claims for non-forestry based capital expenditure to June 30, 2014.
Standard Cost Capital Claims and Actual Cost Capital Claims 1 February 2014 The claim year for capital items has been extended. The claim year will now run from 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2014 for all non-forestry options only. For any forestry options on your contract the closing date remains at 28 February 2014 for budgetary reasons.
Grazed Grassland for Chough 8 March 2013 The latest date to cut silage has been brought back from 20 June to 30 June. Mowing guidance has been updated and a diagram included. The stocking rate restriction has been removed.
Ongoing approvals of agri-environment and forestry projects 26 February 2013

2013 dates and updated process confirmed for
Regional Priority 9 cases.

Desk Instructions RDC Variation (Signed)

19 February 2013 Variation (Signed) desk instruction updated to reflect various changes that have taken place.

Forestry Outcome Plan (word)

Forestry Outcome Plan (pdf)

2 November 2012 Amended text in question 7

Business Outcome Plan (word)

Business Outcome Plan (pdf)

2 November 2012 Amended text in questions 5 & 7
Legal and Financial Eligibilty 2 November 2012 Ameded text for questions 5 & 7
Back Office - Desk Instructions Variations to Woodland Creation Options and Variations (Abbreviated) and Variation (Pre-signing) 10 October 2012 Various sections have been amended or inserted into the desk instructions to reflect the enhancements made to the variation system on 27 September 2012.  Please refer to the Version control section of each set of instructions for full details.
Variations Guidance 10 October 2012 Update to variations guidance to take account of limited budget flexibility as we approach the end of the programme period.
Capital Items Claim Form 10 October 2012 The text has been amended at section 3 to show that the scheme beneficiary must incur the costs in the claim and section 6 to remove reference to LMCMS.
Rural Priorities Forestry Grants 1 October 2012 Changes have been made to the Rural Priorities Forestry Grants from 1st October 2012. This is necessary to avoid an overspend of the Forestry Grants budget in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Further briefing can be found on the Forestry Commission Scotland website.
Succession Guidance 20 July 2012 Update to successions guidance to clarify the situation for where successions will be accepted.
Rural Priorities Nature sites (SSSIs and Natura sites, Scheduled Monuments and sites of archaelogical/historic interest) 13 July 2012 Updated guidance for cases affecting nature sites (SSSIs and Natura sites), including info on SNH consents for SSSIs.
Rural Development Contracts - Rural Priorities (Scotland) Regulations 2008 12 July 2012

Update to generic undertakings on web to align them with the generic undertakings in contracts issued since October 2011. The new undertakings relate to claims for annual recurrent payments and also possible amendments to contracts due to alterations to the legal framework of the next SRDP.

Statement of Intent - Guidance for Applicants and Agents

Internal User Guidance for Processing Rural Priority Cases

Online Proposal Guidance for Applicants and Agents
12 June 2012 The online guidance for processing Rural Priorities applications has been amended to include a new Sort and Search facility on the Case Documents screen. Screenshots of the new facility are included in the Case Documents section. Further information can be found in the Version Control section of each set of instructions, following the Introduction.
SHN Consents and ORC guidance for Case Officers 30 May 2012 Significant changes to guidance on SNH consents, for Rural Priorities cases affecting SSSIs. These changes are due to new legislation.
Woodland Creation Options 18 May 2012 Amendments have been made to two options: Native Woodlands (RP22301D) and Central Scotland Mixed Woodland (RP22301H).
New limits apply to these options regarding the number of hectares that can be applied for.
Variation (Abbreviated) desk instructions 15 May 2012

Updated desk instruction to include the following changes:-

  • Update to Section 1.2
  • New Section 2.4 - how to insert standard/actual costs
  • Inclusion of cross check validation prior to the completion of a variation.
  • Restriction removed - a variation can now be captured, completed and issued by the same Case Officer.
  • New section to cover the process for varying LPIDs (after a claim has been paid).
  • Updated screenshots and text throughout the instruction
Variation Woodland Creation Options desk instructions 15 May 2012  Updated desk instruction to include the following changes:-
 
  • Inclusion of Cross check validation prior to the completion of a variation.
  • Restriction removed - a variation can now be captured, completed and issued by the same Case Officer.
  • New section to cover the process for varying LPIDs (after a claim has been paid).
  • Updated screenshots and text throughout the instruction
Variation (Pre-signing) desk instructions 9 May 2012 Guidance update. Please see page 3 of the Variation Guidance for amendments.
Rural Priorities - How it Works 17 April 2012 Amendments to the timing of 2012 applications for Rural Priorities (9) Designated Sites.
Water Margins and Enhanced Riparian Buffer Areas 16 April 2012 Amendments to Modification 8 relating to pesticide use.
Inspections for Claims under RDC-RP 12 April 2012 Clarification that Annual Recurrent payments cannot be made until all inspections have been completed.

RPAC Assessment and Funding
Decision Making Process

11 April 2012 Clarification of grant award relating to budgetary constraints.
Moorland Stock Disposal

Away-Wintering of Sheep

Off-Wintering of Sheep
11 April 2012 The guidance has been amended to reflect the timing of the grant payment. Links to revised Annual Recurrent Payments have been updated.
How to Make a Capital Claim 5 April 2012 Capital Claim guidance amended to reflect the revised structure of the Claim Form.
Actual Cost Capital Payments

Standard Cost Capital Payments
5 April 2012 Actual Cost and Standard Cost Capital Payments guidance has been simplified.
Outcome Plan Claim - Annex 1 2 April 2012 Amended to include revised hyperlink
How to make an Annual Recurrent Claim 30 March 2012 Instructions altered to reflect inclusion of the RP1 form within the Single Application Form, (question seven).

Business Outcome Plan (word)

Business Outcome Plan (pdf)

Forestry Outcome Plan (word)

Forestry Outcome Plan (pdf)

21 March 2012 Revised wording to ensure consistency with the Environment Outcome Plan.
Quotations Table 21 March 2012 Page replacement - removal of reference to leverage
Project Expenditure Eligible Costs 21 March 2012 Clarification of eligible professional fees
Invoice Receipting Requirements for Actual Cost Capital Payments 19 March 2012 Clarification on the claimants name on the invoice
Staff guidance for online processing of SoI and Proposal OR Proposal with SoI By-pass 16 March 2012 Updated desk instructions
Annual Recurrent Payments 16 March 2012 The RP1 Annual Recurrent claim form is discontinued for RP2012 and Annual Recurrent options should now be claimed on the SAF
Claims for outcome plans 16 March 2012 The outcome plan guidance has been condensed and the reference to plan type D removed
Control of invasive non-native species 16 March 2012 The reference to the RP1 claim form has been removed
Management / Restoration of Lowland Raised Bogs 16 March 2012 The reference to the RP1 claim form has been removed
Annual Record of Management for Control of Non-native Invasive Species Option - Grey Squirrel Control for Red Squirrel Conservation 16 March 2012 The reference to the RP1 claim form has been removed
Annual Record for Away-Wintering and Off-Wintering Options 16 March 2012 The reference to the RP1 claim form has been removed
Outcome Plan Claim Workflow 17 February 2012 Amended to include forestry element

Outcome Plan Appendix 1

17 February 2012 Updated to take account of revised invoice and receipting requirements
Outcome Plan Appendix 3 17 February 2012 Updated to take account of new location
Internal User Back Office Desk Instruction 2 10 February 2012 Update of desk instructions to take account of new validation warnings
Argyll Region – Biodiversity Priorities

Ayrshire Region – Biodiversity Priorities

Borders Region – Biodiversity Priorities

Clyde Valley Region – Biodiversity Priorities

Forth Region – Biodiversity Priorities

Grampian Region – Biodiversity Priorities

Highland Region – Biodiversity Priorities

Northern Region – Biodiversity Priorities

Outer Hebrides Region – Biodiversity Priorities

Tayside Region – Biodiversity Priorities

1 February 2012 The Supporting Biodiversity Package has been added to Regional Priority 9 and it is now available in all RPAC Regions.
Management and Repair of Vernacular Buildings 1 February 2012 Clarification of eligible building types to exclude certain types of structure.

Clarification of rules relating to the use of this option in conjunction with other Rural Priorities options.

Woodland Creation - Central Scotland Mixed Woodland (RP22301H) 1 February 2012 Introducing eligibility to allow 50% conifers in specific circumstances

Forestry Outcome Plan (Word)

Forestry Outcome Plan (PDF)

1 February 2012 Amendments to make Outcome Plan clearer for a forestry-specific audience
Grazed Grassland for Chough 1 February 2012 Clarification about the maximum stocking density of 1LU/ha
Management of Hedgerows 1 February 2012 Addition of new vole guard capital item
Extended Hedges 1 February 2012 Addition of new vole guard capital item and replacement of a broken link
Grant Rates for Axis 3 Options 1 February 2012 Amendment of payment rates in table for Information and Awareness Raising to reflect rates stated in Guidance which was updated 16 June 2011

1 List of Rural Priorities Options

2 Restructuring Agricultural Businesses

3 Case Officer Porposal Assessment Template - for application submitted after 16 November 2011

4 Formal Scoring - after 16 November 2011

5 The Scoring Process - after 16 November 2011

6 Proposal Assessment Criteria - after 16 November 2011

7 RPAC Assessment and Funding Decision Making Process

8 Assessment Criteria - Additionality

9 Assessment Criteria -Leverage

30 December 2011

1 Addition of specific details for the 2012 assessment rounds

2 Addition of new eligibility criteria

3 New Case Officer Proposal Assessment template

4 New Formal Scoring guidance to be used from 16 November 2011 and new section on ongoing approval for RP9 cases added.

5 New Scoring Process guidance to be used from 16 November 2011

6 New Assessment Criteria guidance to be used from 16 November 2011

7 Clarification on purpose of scoring process

8 16 November 2011 end-date applied to the old guidance see new Assessment Criteria

9 16 November 2011 end-date applied to the old guidance

Uplands and Peatland Package

Upland Habitat Management Plan Option

New Application Guidance for the Upland Habitat Management Plan Option

19 December 2011

Inclusion of new Upland Habitat Management Plan Option in Uplands and Peatlands Package

New Upland Habitat Management Plan Option

New Application Guidance for the Upland Habitat Management Plan Option

Management of archaeological or historic sites

Local Authority Archaeological Officers Contact Details

5 December 2011

Addition of hyperlinks to local authority archaeological officers contact details, Historic Scotland and the Institute of Archaeologists.

Update to contact details for local authority archaeological officers.

Woodland Creation

1 December 2011

Clarity on target area payments

Planting in Target Areas

1 December 2011

Clarity on target area payment

Native Woodland Natural Regeneration

1 December 2011

Clarity on target area payment

Central Scotland Mixed Woodland

1 December 2011

Clarity on planting species composition and presumption against planting on peat >50cm

Mixed Conifer/Broadleaved woodlands

1 December 2011

Clarity on planting species composition and presumption against planting on peat >50cm

Northern & Western Isles Native Woodland

1 December 2011 Clarity on planting species composition

Productive Broadleaved woodlands

1 December 2011

Clarity on planting species composition and presumption against planting on peat >50cm

Native woodlands

1 December 2011

Clarity on planting species composition and presumption against planting on peat >50cm

Productive Conifer (high cost) woodlands

1 December 2011

Clarity on planting species composition and presumption against planting on peat >50cm

Productive Conifer (low cost) woodlands

1 December 2011

Clarity on planting species composition and presumption against planting on peat >50cm

Information and Awareness Raising 1 December 2011 Correction to the upper limit for capital costs for panels/trail/signage from £5,000 to £50,000
Control of invasive non-natitve species - Rhododendron control 1 December 2011 Clarification of Rhododendron infestation categories
Setting up Young Farmers - Interest Rate Relief 1 December 2011 Change to the claim procedure. A capital claim form will require to be completed and submitted to enable the payment to be made
Mapping 1 December 2011 Link to ordnance Survey page fixed
Capital Claim Checklist - Appendix 8 16 November 2011 New Capital Claim Checklist
Capital Claim Cert/Auth Sheet - Appendix 9 16 November 2011 Replacement of Capital Claim Certification and Authorisation Sheet with new Capital Claims Guidance
Capital Claim Form Workflow 16 November 2011

New Capital Claim Checklist (appendix 8) and replacement of Capital Claim Certification and Authorisation Sheet with new Capital Claims Guidance (appendix 9)

Capital Claim Standard Letter Checklist Templates 16 November 2011 Page title change to reflect addition of new Capital Claims Guidance
Annual recurrent claim S & D Checks 16 November 2011 Updates to reflect new validations
Collaborative Local Development Strategies 10 November 2011

Guidance for the closed Rural Priorities Option Collaborative Local Development Strategies reinstated for reference.

Creation and Management of Grassland for Hen Harriers 4 November 2011 Introduction of new Option - Creation and Management of Grassland for Hen Harriers

1. How it works

2. How to Apply

3. How to complete the Business Outcome Plan

4. How to complete the Environment Outcome Plan

5. How to Complete the Forestry Outcome Plan

6. Legal and Financial Eligibiltiy Guidance

7. Outcome Plans

4 November 2011

1. Hyperlink added to Outcome Plan page; clarification about application process.

2. Restructured page layout and new section "Before You Apply"

3. Addition of a new Section 5 - Legal and Financial Eligibility

4. Addition of a new Section 4 - Legal and Financial Eligibility

5. New guidance on completing the Forestry Outcome Plan

6. New guidance on completing the Legal and Financial Eligibility section of the Outcome Plans

7. The Business, Environment and Forestry Plans have been updated to include the Legal and Financial Eligibility section.

Habitat Grazing Management - Actual Cost Capital item 4 November 2011 Clarification that Habitat Grazing can be combined with the Moorland Grazing Options but only where both cattle and sheep are grazing the site.
Wildlife Management on Upland and Peatland Sites 4 November 2011 Wildlife Management on Upland and Peatland Sites is no longer compatible with the Management of Moorland Grazing on Upland and Peatland Sites

Arable Reversion to Grassland

Creation and Management of Species-Rich Grassland

Mown Grassland for Corn Buntings

Grass Margins and Beetlebanks

Cropped Machair

4 November 2011

Amendments made in light of EC changes. See What's New page for details.

Management of Archaeological or Historic Sites

Management and Repair of Vernacular Buildings

4 November 2011

Comprehensive update of archaeological sites option guidance, including amendments to eligibility criteria and intervention rate

Amendment of intervention rate, clarification of rules in relation to own labour costs and insertion of text relating to match funding from Historic Scotland

Internal User Back Office Desk Instructions 1

Internal User Back Office Desk Instructions 2

11 October 2011

Screen Shots updated throughout to include Case Validation button. Amendments to Section 6 - Case details.

Significant changes thoughout the document.

Management and Repair of Vernacular buildings 3 October 2011

Comprehensive update of vernacular buildings option guidance.

Addition of new Vernacular Building Repair Details Form (PDF and Word)

1. Woodland Creation

2. Native woodlands and associated habitats and species

3. Non-native woodlands and associated habitats and species

4. Running and Standing Waters

5. Reducing Diffuse Pollution

6. Woodland Creation - Northern & Western Isles Native Woodland

7. Woodland Creation - Central Scotland Mixed Woodland

3 October 2011

1, 2 & 3. Amendment to reflect addition of new Woodland Creation - Northern & Western Isles Native Woodland and Central Scotland Mixed Woodland sub-options

4 & 5. Amendment to reflect addition of new Woodland Creation - Northern & Western Isles Native Woodland sub-option

6 & 7. Addition of new pages - Woodland Creation - Northern & Western Isles Native Woodland & Woodland Creation - Central Scotland Mixed Woodland

Grazed Grassland for Chough

3 October 2011

Addition of a new Option Grazed Grassland for Chough

Chough

3 October 2011

Addition of a new package to support Chough

Chough management

3 October 2011

Addition of a new Staff Guidance page on Chough Management Options

Mown Grassland For Corncrakes

3 October 2011 Amendment to the Mown Grassland for Corncrakes Option to offer support for either chough or corncrake management

Birds (except those with own package)

3 October 2011

Inclusion of Chough in the Birds package

Guidance for Staff

3 October 2011 Amendment to reflect addition of Chough management

List of Rural Priorities Options

3 October 2011 Amendment to reflect addition of Chough management

Mown Grassland For Wildlife

3 October 2011

Amendment to reflect addition of Chough management to Mown Grassland for Corncrakes Option

Creation And Management of Cover For Corncrakes

3 October 2011

Amendment to reflect addition of Chough management to Mown Grassland for Corncrakes Option

Management Of Cover For Corncrakes

3 October 2011

Amendment to reflect addition of Chough management to Mown Grassland for Corncrakes Option

Safeguarding and Enhancing the Landscape

3 October 2011

Amendment to reflect addition of Chough management to Mown Grassland for Corncrakes Option

Machair

3 October 2011

Reference to new Chough package in 'Other Support' section

Species-rich Grasslands

3 October 2011

Amendment to reflect addition of Chough management to Mown Grassland for Corncrakes Option and reference to new Chough package




 

Corncrakes

3 October 2011

Amendment to reflect addition of Chough management to Mown Grassland for Corncrakes Option.

Raising Animal Health and Welfare Standards

3 October 2011

Amendment to reflect addition of Chough management to Mown Grassland for Corncrakes Option.

Grant Rates for Axis 2 Options

3 October 2011

Addition of grant rate for new Grazed Grassland for Chough Option and for Chough element of Mown Grassland for Corncrakes or Chough

Moorland - Stock Disposal

Away-Wintering of Sheep

Baseline Flock

3 October 2011 Addition of a definition for the baseline flock number for the Away wintering of Sheep and Moorland - Stock Disposal Options

Claims for Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost capital Payments: An Overview

Timing for Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost Capital Payments Claims

How to make a Capital Claim

3 October 2011 Revised claim dates for 2011 Capital Claims

1. Process for Ongoing Approval of Proposals on Designated Sites (under Regional Priority 9)

2. Case Proforma

3. Rural Priorities Assessment Round Dates

3 October 2011

1 & 2. Addition of requirement for a handwritten signature from SNH Area Managers

3. Link added to page with information on the Ongoing Approval Process

How it Works 7 September 2011 Update to include nominal deadline and timescales for ongoing approvals

Claims for Outcome Plans

Outcome Plan Claim Form

7 September 2011

Minor corrections to the wording of the guidance

Addition of Forestry Outcome Plan tick box

Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Natura features 1 September 2011

New payment rates for Rhododendron control apply. An overall maximum payment threshold is introduced.

Standard Cost Capital items 1 September 2011

Update to capital item rates

Woodland clearance - felling to waste

Woodland clearance - felling and extraction

1 September 2011

Updated Specification and operational guidance on the Woodland Clearance capital items in available under Woodland Improvement Grant Options.

Black Grouse 1 September 2011 Addition of link to management guidance to show the distribution of black grouse in Scotland
Grass Margins and Beetlebanks 1 September 2011 Guidance changes relating to previous sterile strip requirement, minimum width of grass margins and pesticides
Capercaillie 1 September 2011 Addition of link to management guidance to show the distribution of Capercaillie in Scotland

Forestry Outcome plan (PDF)

Forestry Outcome plan (Word)
1 September 2011 Updating Forestry Outcome Plan to include added user guidance in Sections 3.3 and 3.4.
Internal User Desk Instruction - Annual Recurrent Claim Data Capture 19 August 2011

Corrections/updates to reflect 2011 programme changes.

Ongoing Approval Process for Regional Priority 9 (designated sites)

Case Proforma

2 August 2011

Staff guidance on Ongoing Approval process for Regional Priority 9 cases under £50k

Case proforma for Ongoing Approval cases under Regional Priority 9

Capital Items Claim Form

Capital Items Claim Form -individual sections

27 July 2011 Revised Capital Items Claim Form and hyperlinks to amended section references
Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Natura features 1 August 2011 Clarification of overall payment threshold in respect of capital activities supporting action on or adjacent to SSSIs and Natura sites.
Woodland Improvement Grant - Woodland Habitats &Species and Non Woodland Habitats 1 August 2011 New capital items added and others removed following the March 2011 EU Modification approvals.
Woodland Creation - Fencing 1 August 2011 Additional Capital items following the March 2011 EU Modification approvals.

Quotes and Estimates

Quotation Table

Match funding and In-kind Contributions

1 August 2011

Clarification about VAT and hyperlink to new Quotations Table

Addition of new Quotations Table

Clarification about letters of support

How penalties are calculated for Scheme Rule Breaches 1 August 2011

The classification of extent for Annual recurrent Scheme breaches has been simplified by the removal of the 0.5ha criteria. It is now only percentage based.

Breaches and Penalties - Group 1 Breach reduction matrix 1 August 2011 Correction to penalty rate on page 2.
Woodland Creation - Fencing 1 August 2011 Additional Capital items following the March 2011 EU Modification approvals.
Erosion control 1 August 2011 Beneficiaries can now submit interim claims under the Erosion Control Option. Previously they could submit only one claim in any one year.
Management of Moorland Grazing 1 August 2011

The Management of Moorland Grazing Option can support the continuation of appropriate management. The Option no longer requires applicants to propose a change to management practice.

Open Grazed or Wet Grassland for Wildlife 1 August 2011 Changes to Pesiticides guidance
Staff Guidance for Processing Front Office Cases 11 July 2011 Guidance to create a draft SoW and how to withdraw cases at any status

Online Proposal Guidance for Applicants and Agents

11 July 2011 Online Proposal Guidance updated to include details of improvements made to the IT system
Woodland Improvment Grant 1 July 2011

Comprehensive updating of Woodland Improvement Grant guidance

Sustainable Management of Forests 1 July 2011

Comprehensive updating of Sustainable Management of Forests guidance

Woodland Creation -Introduction

1 July 2011 Complete new version of guidance - comprehensive reworking of the Woodland Creation guidance.

Business, Environment and Forestry Outcome Plans

Guidance for Case Officers - Forestry Outcome Plans - Interpretation of Legal & Financial Eligibility Information

1 July 2011

Guidance on the introduction of a specific forestry outcome plan, for any case with a forestry option.

Land Ownership, Control and Withdrawal 1 July 2011

Landlord's Consent required for proposal to plant trees on tenanted land under Woodland Creation option

Habitat Grazing Management - Actual Cost Capital Item 1 July 2011

Habitat Grazing Management has been removed from the list of Rural Priorities Options and it is now presented as an Actual Cost Capital Item.

Improving the Economic Value of Forests 1 July 2011

Improving Economic Value of Forests option - increase in payment rates for pruning and woodland thinning.

Process for Ongoing Approval of Forestry Proposals

Ongoing Approval of Forestry Proposals Flowchart

1 July 2011

Updating the Ongoing Approval process for Forestry Options following IT enhancements introduced on 16 June 2011.

Management of Wetland 1 July 2011

This amendment confirms that salt marsh and reed bed are both eligible for this Option

Supplementary Food Provision for Raptors 1 July 2011

Extends availability of the Supplementary Food for Hen Harriers Option to sites outwith SPAs.

Also clarifies maximum payment thresholds.

Mammal and Bird Control 1 July 2011 Extends availability of the Mammal and Bird Control - Crow Control, allowing it to support the Supplementary Food for Hen Harriers Option
Great Crested Newt 1 July 2011

Biodiversity Package guidance updated to add a reference to a new Newt leaflet to encourage uptake to appropriate RP Options to benefit Great Crested Newts

Diversification Outwith Agriculture 1 July 2011

Updated guidance on eligibility for the Feed in Tariff following legislative changes from UK Government. Clarification of energy production capacity conditions.

Assessing Mircorenewables - Non Land-Based proposals - Guidance for case officers 1 July 2011

Updated guidance on eligibility for the Feed in Tariff following legislative changes from UK Government.

Assessing Microrenewables -Agriculture/Forestry proposals - Guidance for Case Officers 1 July 2011

Updated guidance on eligibility for the Feed in Tariff following legislative changes from UK Government.

Renewable Energy - Forestry 1 July 2011

Updated guidance on eligibility for the Feed in Tariff following legislative changes from UK Government.

Renewable Energy - Agriculture 1 July 2011

Updated guidance on eligibility for the Feed in Tariff following legislative changes from UK Government.

Support for Renewable Energy - Non Land-Based 1 July 2011

Updated guidance on eligibility for the Feed in Tariff following legislative changes from UK Government.

Area Access Management 16 June 2011 Clarification of option conditions and suggested costs table added
Woodland Improvement Grant - Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Natura Features 16 June 2011 Removal of restriction on making interim claims
Information and Awareness Raising 16 June 2011 Option updated to deliver Modification 7 changes

Tayside Region - Business Viability and Competitiveness

Tayside Region - Diversification of Rural Enterprise

16 June 2011 More details added to Tayside Regional Priorities 2 & 27

Rural Priorities - How it works

How to apply

Proposal

Proposal Assesment

RPAC Assesment and Funding Decision Making Process

Role of the Case Officer

16 June 2011 Information about the new ongoing approval process for Regional Priority 9 cases (SSI / Natura Sites)

Coastal, Serpentine or Special Interest Heath

Create, Restore and Manage Wetland

Extended Hedges

Wild Bird Seed Mix/Unharvested Crop

Mown Grassland For Wildlife

Mown Grassland For Corn Buntings

Management/Restoration of Lowland Raised Bogs

Management of Species-Rich Grassland

Management of Cover For Corncrakes

Management of Ancient Wood Pasture

Buffer Areas for Fens and Lowland Raised Bogs

Creation and Management of Cover For Corncrakes

Management of Habitat Mosaics

Management of Hedgerows

Scrub and Tall Herb Communities

10 June 2011 Amendments to pesticides guidance.

Agri-environment Standard Payment Rates for Capital items

Heather management in black Grouse and Capercaillie core areas

10 June 2011

Addition of Vole Guard and amendments to Heather Restoration capital items.

Moorland - Stock Disposal 10 June 2011

Stock disposal Option amendment to deliver Modification 7 changes.

Control of invasive non-native species

Control of invasive non-native species - rhododendron control

10 June 2011

Amendment to the Rhododendron control element of the control of non-native species Option to deliver Modification 7 changes.

Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Natura Features 6 June 2011 SSI 2011/106 - removes restriction to make only one claim per year and allows claims to be made in the same way that all other Actual Cost Capital Items are made.

Statement of Intent Application Guidance - Applicant and Agent

Online Proposal Guidance

9 May 2011 Update for Applicants and Agents to incorporate the launch of electronic case storage on 9 May 2011. Information provided on how to add/view/print case documents along with changes to screen shots throughout.
Assessment Criteria - Contribution to National Targets 6 May 2011

Addition of new national target for organic conversion and maintenance.

Succession Guidance 5 May 2011

Additional sentence to be added to Incomer and Outgoer sections about manual claims.

Mammal and Bird Control - Annual Record Forms 4 May 2011 New Annual Record of Management Forms to support the Mammal and Bird Control Option guidance
Control of invasive non-native species 4 May 2011

New Annual Record of Management Form to support the Control of Invasive Non Native Species Option guidance.

Diversification Outwith Agriculture 4 May 2011

Updated guidance on impact of the Feed In Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive

Away-Wintering of Sheep

Off-Wintering of Sheep

4 May 2011 Add link to new page Annual Record for Away-Wintering and Off-Wintering Options
Annual Record for Away-Wintering and Off-Wintering Options 4 May 2011 New Annual Record of Management for Away-Wintering and Off-Wintering of Sheep
List of Rural Priorities Options 13 April 2011 Remove information about autumn 2010 assessment round
Internal User Back Office Desk Instruction - Claim Unlock 12 April 2011 Several minor spelling and formatting corrections to guidance
Appeals 11 April 2011 Replace link to the Agricultural Subsidies Regulations with new link to EU Rural Payment Appeal Procedure

Renewable Energy - Agriculture

Renewable Energy - Forestry

Support for Renewable Energy - Non Land-Based

1 April 2011

Updated guidance on eligibility for the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Clyde Valley Region - Water & Soil

Clyde Valley Region - Public Access

1 April 2011 Amendments to correct broken hyperlinks and clarification on certain regional priorities.

Internal User Back Office - Desk Instructions - Part 1

Internal User Back Office Desk Instructions - Part 2

Internal User - Online Guidance - Processing SoI or Proposal bypas cases in Fron Office

1 April 2011

Updates to incorporate electronic case storage information and changes to screen shots throughout.

Rural Priorities - How it Works

Process for Ongoing Approval of Forestry Proposals

Ongoing Approval for all Forestry Proposals - Flowchart

29 March 2011

Removing the financial limits of the Ongoing Approval process for Forestry Options.

Internal User Back Office - Desk Instructions - Variation (Pre-signing) 29 March 2011

Updated desk instruction to include information about variations to Woodland creation Options. Replaced out-dated screen shots and removed references to restrictions that no longer exist.

Internal User Back Office - Desk Instructions - Variation (signed) 29 March 2011

Updated desk instruction to include information about variations to Woodland creation Options. Replaced out-dated screen shots and removed references to restrictions that no longer exist.

Internal User Back Office - Desk Instructions - Variation (Abbreviated) 29 March 2011

Updated instruction to remove references to not being able to carry out Woodland Creation Option variations. Updated screen dumps to include the Vary Woodland Creation button in Section 3. Removed references to the restrictions for Phase 1 variations as they no longer apply

Definitions of Land Type

29 March 2011 In-bye Land useful references.
Internal User Back office -Desk Instructions - Variations to Woodland Creation Options 28 March 2011 New Desk Instructions on variations to Woodland Creation Options
Annual Recurrent claim form 2011 (RP1) 24 March 2011 2011 Annual Recurrent claim form (RP1) is now available.
Management of Hedgerows 22 March 2011 Temporary suspension of Management of Hedgerows option
Woodland Improvement Grant 15 March 2011 Removal of capital item restrictions within Woodland Improvement Grant option.
Assessment Criteria - Leverage 10 March 2011

Amendment to explain that to score "High" under Leverage, the works must be eligible for RP funding and meet the eligibility requirements under the Options which have been selected.

Publicity 10 March 2011 Publicity guidance page has been moved to the 'How it works' page.
Muirburn and Heather Swiping 9 March 2011 Note added about muirburn width; clarification about online proposal.
Rural Priorities - Contracts 9 March 2011 Various amendments to the guidance as required by the Audit Response Task Force
Water Margins and Enhanced Riparian Buffer Areas 9 March 2011 Amendment to address Audit Response Task Force request about margin for still water
Guidance for Staff 9 March 2011 Removal of some of the Listed Building Consent information from the Historic Scotland Consents web guidance page to reduce duplication
Scheduled Monument Consent - Guidance for Case Officers 9 March 2011 Amendment of page title - previously 'Historic Scotland Consents Guidance'
Consulting Local Authorities 9 March 2011 Addition of Listed Building Consent information and amendment to information on contracts and planning permission

Capital Claim Form Workflow

Appendix 8

7 March 2011 Addition of requirement to carry out Eligibility Backcheck.
Woodland Creation 4 March 2011 Introducing maximum areas for the targeted planting rates in the Northern and Western Isles

Provision and Upgrading of Infrastructure

Restructuring Agricultural Businesses

Manure/Slurry Storage

Manure/Slurry Treatment

Treat Run-Off Pollutants - Biobeds

Treat Run-Off Pollutants - Farm Wetlands

Renewable Energy - Agriculture

4 March 2011 Clarification on Young Farmer Premium to fulfil an audit requirement from the Audit Response Task Force. Hyperlinks replaced.
Setting up Young Farmers - Interest Rate Relief 4 March 2011 Addition of requirement to provide proof of who the main partner is as an audit requirement from the Audit Response Task Force.

Development of other Rural Businesses

Improving Rural Community Services

11 February 2011

Link to Skills Development to Improve Quality of Life option from Package 35 and Package 36 pages.

Who can apply? 7 February 2011

Clarifying local authority and public body eligibility and distribution of funds.

Annual Recurrent Payment: An Overview 1 February 2011

Removal of Annual Recurrent Claims update section.

Allocation of Capital Inspections 1 February 2011

Removal of date from title of page, other minor amendments to the text.

Woodland Creation 14 January 2011

Introducing new Target Areas for woodland creation that are eligible for an additional 10% woodland creation capital item intervention rate.

Variation Request Form 14 January New template sheet for processing variations
Back office Desk Instructions RDC Variation (Abbreviated) 7 January 2011 Addition of the Variation Desk Instructions (Abbreviated)
Variation guidance 7 January 2011 Simplification of the Variation guidance.
Manure/Slurry Storage 6 January 2011 Update to reflect the deadline for completion of slurry storage facilities by 31 December 2011.
Capital works required for SSSI and Natural Features 21 December 2010

To implement Modification 6 and SSI 2010/87.

Timing for Standard and Actual Cost Capital Claims 17 December 2010

Correction on claims for the woodland creation - natural regeneration option.

Woodland Creation 16 December 2010

Clarifying double funding issue of Farmland Premium and Single Farm Payment

Claims for Annual Recurrent Payment: An Overview 16 December 2010 Claims for Annual Recurrent Payment: An Overview - Update to the current position of 2009 Annual Recurrent Claims .
Axis 2 Codes 9 December 2010 Addition of missing Options and Capital Items.
Project Expenditure Eligible Costs 9 December 2010

Clarifying the costs for roads, accommodation projects and activity which is condition of planning permission.

Erosion Control 9 December 2010 Further amendment to implement Modification 6 and SSI 2010/87 which provides further details about the requirements for undertaking this capital item
De Minimis - Annex A 08 December 2010 New page
How to assess if de minimis State Aid applies 08 December 2010 Change of title & existing document replaced
State Aid - Restrictions for Rural Priorities funding 08 December 2010 Change of title & existing document replaced

Support for Renewable Energy - Non Land-Based

Renewable Energy - Forestry

Renewable Energy - Agriculture

22 November 2010

Guidance added on likely eligibility requirements for the Renewable Heat Incentive

Quotes and Estimates 22 November 2010

Clarification about competitive quotes - must be obtained before contract issued.

Woodland Creation 22 November 2010

Introduction of an additional 10% intervention rate for Woodland Creation proposals for Argyll Islands and Central Scotland Green Network areas as approved in the recent New Challenges Modification.

Match Funding and In-Kind Contributions 18 November 2010 Duplicated guidance to be removed.
Erosion Control 5 November 2010 To implement Modification 6 and SSI 2010/87 which provides further details about the requirements for undertaking this capital item.
Open range deer management to enhance the natural heritage 5 November 2010 To implement Modification 6 and SSI 2010/87.
RP Capital Claims checklist - Appendix 8 and Capital claim workflow 29 October 2010 Minor amendments and corrections to Capital Claim checklist.
Landscape 29 October 2010

Additions to the Ayrshire Landscape Regional Priorities, as requested by SNH.

Claims for Annual Recurrent Payment: An Overview 28 October 2010 Amendment to figures on annual recurrent 2009 claims.

Support for Renewable Energy - Non Land-Based

Renewable Energy - Forestry

Renewable Energy - Agriculture

19 October 2010 Updated position on SRDP Grants and Feed-in Tariffs

Wildlife Management on Upland and Peatland Sites

Scrub and Tall Herb Communities

Woodland Creation

Sustainable Management of Forests

Woodland Improvement Grant

Deer fence

19 October 2010 Amendments to make reference to the inter-agency fencing guidance
Restructuring Agricultural Businesses 14 October 2010 Clarification about unsuitability of this Option for storage and handling of manure and slurry.

1. Claims for Outcome Plans

2. Claims for Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost Capital Payments: an Overview

3. How to make a capital claim

4. Timing for Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost Capital Payments Claims

14 October 2010

1. Amendment to out of date guidance on Outcome Plan claims

2. Clarification about claims for Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost Capital Payments

3. Amendment to out of date guidance on Capital claims

4. Amendment to out of date guidance on Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost Capital Payments

Assessment Criteria - Contribution to National Targets

Assessment Criteria - Contribution to National Targets PDF

28 September 2010 Addition of new National Target to reduce diffuse pollution.
Claims for Annual Recurrent Payment: An Overview 28 September 2010 Update on annual recurrent 2009 claims

Types of Breach and Applicable Penatlies

How penalties are calculated for Scheme Rule Breaches

How are penalties calculated for Rural Priorites contract breaches

How penalties are calculated for over-claims

23 September 2010 Clarification about intentional breaches

Away-Wintering of Sheep

Off-Wintering of Sheep

23 September 2010 Update to explain the need for beneficiaries to submit an annual record of management

Collaborative Local Development Strategies

Community Services & Facilites

23 September 2010 These are no longer available through Rural Priorities
Capital Claim Processing - Internal user desk instructions 6 September

Updated Desk Instructions to support changes for Capital Claim PSP (Phase 2)

Support for Renewable Energy - Non land-Based

Renewable Energy - Forestry

Renewable Energy - Agriculture

6 September 2010

Wording made clearer in regard to requirement for larger biomass boilers to be on ETL list.

Mechanised (and/or chemical) eradication of rhododendron 6 September 2010

Clarifying the specification details for the Mechanised/Chemical Eradication of Rhododendron capital cost item by removing references to manual eradication methods.

Claims for Annual Recurrent Payment: An Overview 6 September 2010

Addition to highlight changes to the claim form guidance made on 26 August.

Setting Up Young Farmers - Interset Rate Relief 6 September 2010

Update current Undertakings doc to reflect ineligibility of limited companies

Variation Guidance update - When changes can be made 31 August 2010 Guidance on need to claim work in scheduled year or request a variation by deadline
Capital Items Claim Form 26 August 2010

Clarification on the definition of "A Non-trading person or organisation" and amendment to procedures when submitting fully receipted invoices.

Capital Items Claim From (section 1 & 2)

26 August 2010

Clarification on the definition of "A Non-trading person or organisation."

Capital Items Claim From (section 4)

26 August 2010

Amendment to procedures when submitting fully receipted invoices.

Changes to Rural Priorities - Q & A

19 August 2010 Clarification about the transfer of CSF to LEADER and addition of a question about support for young farmers

List of Rural Priorities Options

19 August 2010 Clarification that only Axis 1 and Axis 3 applications will be deferred until 2011
Assessment of a Submitted Proposal 18 August 2010 Confirmation that supporting documentation should be submitted within 5 calendar days of submitting a Proposal
Invoice Receipting Requirements for Actual Cost Capital Payments 13 August 2010 Amendment to procedures when submitting fully receipted invoices

Provision of state aid

Assessment sheet for case officers

11 August 2010 Provision of state aid - example of what to record on file
Native woodlands and assosociated habitats and species 5 August 2010 Sustainable Management of Forests - Controlled Livestock Grazing Option
List of Options 3 August 2010 Note about changes to Rural Priorities announced on 3 August 2010
Community Services and Facilities 3 August 2010 Community Services and Facilities Option is closed to Rural Priorities applications and has been transferred to LEADER
Woodland Creation 29 July 2010 Additional explanation that the woodland creation grant rates include costs associated with ground preparation activites and the use of tree shelters as tree protection.

Heather Restoration

Woodland Improvement Grant

29 July 2010 Revision of Heather Restoration standard cost capital item to reflect the addition of heather management activities within Woodlands in Capercaillie Core Areas.

Guidance/Checklist for Case Officers Assessing Community and Non-Profit Organisation Cases

23 July 2010 New checklist for community groups applications.

Support for Renewable Energy - Non Land-Based

Renewable Energy - Forestry

Renewable Energy - Agriculture

Guidance for case officers - Assessing Mircorenewable Non land based Proposals & Agri/Forestry Proposals

22 July 2010

Wording made clearer in regard to the likely impacts of the Feed in Tariff on grants.

Biodiversity Cropping on In-Bye 21 July 2010

Clarification on the separation of plots.

Process for Ongoing Approval of Forestry Proposals & Flowchart 21 July 2010 Changes to reflect recent improvements to draft Schedule of Works availability and introduction of recent checklists.
Woodland Creation Undertakings 14 July 2010

Change in undertakings for Farmland Premium

Claims for Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost Capital Payments: an Overview 7 July 2010 Remove references to 2009 to keep up to date for the rest of the scheme
Organic Standards 7 July 2010 Fix broken link to DEFRA web pages on organic legislation and standards

Support for Renewable Energy - Non-Land Based

Renewable Energy - Forestry

Renewable Energy - Agriculture

Axis 3 Support for Renewable Energy - Non-Land Based

Axis 1 Renewable Agri/Forestry Proposals

1 July 2010 Wording updated with reagrd to the likely impacts of the Feed in Tariff on grants
Rural Priorities - Proposal 27 May 2010

Amendment to include new 5 day supporting document submission deadline

Sustainable Management of Forests 25 June 2010

Introducing a new link to technical guidance on Sustainable Management of Forests eligible operations.

Arable Reversion to Grassland 25 June 2010

Clarification about suitable grass mix and examples of nectar plants.

Management of Species-Rich Grassland 25 June 2010

Ensuring consistency between Eligibility criteria and inspections/verification guidance

Wardening for Golden Eagles 23 June 2010 Option is no longer available following EC scrutiny.

Guidance for RDC - Back Office - Variation pre-signed

Guidance for RDC - Back Office Variation signed

18 June 2010 The Variation Desk Instructions have been split into 2 parts - pre-signed and signed.

Management/Restoration of Lowland Raised Bogs

Guidance for Land Managers - monitoring of lowland raised bogs

16 June 2010 Addition of hyperlinks to increase awareness of the need to submit annual monitoring reports with claim
Guidance for RDC - Rural Priorities - Case Files 16 June 2010 Correct Appendix 4 to read Appendix 5

Wildlife Management on Upland and Peatland Sites

Scrub and Tall Herb Communities

Woodland Creation

Sustainable Management of Forests

Woodland Improvement Grant

Deer Fence

16 June 2010 Amendments to make reference to the inter-agency fencing guidance

Organic Viability Proposal form

Organic Viability Proposal: guidance notes

11 June 2010

Amended organic viability proposal template and guidance

Annual Recurrent Claim S & D Checks 8 June 2010

Updated Desk Instruction to support Annual Recurrent Claims - S & D Checks

Proposal - Appendices 8 June 2010

Fix broken link to Landlord Notification Form and minor corrections to wording

Assessment Criteria - Contribution to National Targets 8 June 2010

Caveat added to fifth National Target to clarify Option requirements.

Nutrient Management Plan

Soil and Water Management Programme

8 June 2010

Note to say that Options are no longer available to new applicants.

Allocation of Annual Recurrent Inspections 2 June 2010

Various corrections and clarifications and some formatting changes. Section on manual process for capital inspections removed.

Allocation of Capital Inspections 2 June 2010

Various corrections and clarifications and some formatting changes. Section on manual process for capital inspections removed.

Community Services and Facilities 21 May 2010 Detailing information requirements for the option
Monitoring of lowland raised bogs 21 May 2010 Link to Annual Record of Management document added.
Proposal Assessment Criteria 11 May 2010 Replace existing PDF so that it is up to date with online guidance
Assessment Criteria - Contribution to National Targets 10 May 2010 Various clarifications and an additional target added
Setting up Young Farmers - Interest Rate Relief 10 May 2010 Several clarifications and examples added to Option Guidance

Timing and Scheme Year Rules for Annual Recurrent Payment Claims

28 April 2010

Clarification on the timing of annual recurrent claims for 'winter' options

Conversion to and Maintenance of Organic Farming 28 April 2010

Definition of 'approval letter' under 'Eligibility for the Conversion Option'

Off-Wintering of Sheep

28 April 2010

Link to guidance on timing of annual recurrent claim submission

Mown Grassland for Wildlife

28 April 2010

Guidance on the timing of FYM or slurry application

Moorland - Stock Disposal

28 April 2010

Calculation of the area of moorland to benefit and guidance on timing of claim submission

Water Margins and Enhanced Riparian Buffer Areas 28 April 2010

Deleted reference to Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) under 'Eligibility Criteria'

Management of Species-Rich Grassland

28 April 2010

Clarification on eligibility criteria for Management of Species-rich Grassland option

Management/Restoration of Lowland Raised Bogs

28 April 2010

Suggestion that applicant adopts management of Buffer areas for fens and lowland raised bog option

Management of Habitat Mosaics

28 April 2010

Clarifying what is an eligible site for this option

Management of Flood Plains - What is a River Floodplain?

27 April 2010

New page entitled: What is a river floodplain?

Grazing Management of Cattle

27 April 2010

An explanation of what is meant by 'keeping' cattle

Grass Margins and Beetlebanks

27 April 2010

Land left fallow is not an eligible crop

Fence removal 27 April 2010

Added guidance on eligibility of the fence removal standard cost capital item

Biodiversity Cropping on In-Bye

27 April 2010

Added paragraph about post-harvest grazing to the 'What you can do' section

Away-Wintering of Sheep

27 April 2010

Added link to guidance about timing of annual recurrent claim

Woodland Improvement Grant 27 April 2010

Clarification that applicant must provide planting material records.

General Undertakings 27 April 2010

Update current Undertakings doc to reflect changes that occurred in October 2009

Land Ownership, Control and Withdrawal 27 April 2010 Land ownership and occupancy or secure tenancy must be in place by commit date.
Collaborative Local Development Strategies 16 April 2010 Existing CLDS contracts will still be dealt with through Rural Priorities.
Annual Recurrent claim Data Capture 16 April 2010 Updated Desk Instruction to Support Annual Recurrent Claims - Data Capture
Annual Recurrent claim S & D Checks 16 April 2010 Updated Desk Instruction to Support Annual Recurrent Claims - S & D Checks
Woodland Creation 09 April 2010 Guidance to Woodland Creation Native Woodland option to clarify that applicant must provide seed certificates in support of claims made for native woodland planting

Soil and Water Management Programme

Restructuring Agricultural Businesses

Manure/Slurry Treatment

Manure/Slurry Storage

Renewable Energy - Agriculture

Provision and Upgrading of Infrastructure

Treat Run-Off of Pollutants - Biobeds

Treat Run-Off of Pollutants - Farm Wetlands

08 April 2010 Correction to text in Rate of Support Section - 'submitting' replaced with 'committing' and correction of spelling/formatting
Community Services and Facilities 08 April 2010 Clarifying that renewables and access projects should apply under other options
Axis 2 codes 30 March 2010 Updated 2010 Option Codes for Axis 2

Collaborative Local Development Strategies

Packages:-

Value Added Processing

Development of Renewable energy provision

Development of other Rural Businesses

Improving Rural Community Services

Access Recreation and Community Development

29 March 2010 Notification that Collaborative Local Development Strategies option is no longer available through Rural Priorities
Prevent Progress desk instructions 29 March 2010

New desk instructions explaining Prevent Progress process

Clyde Valley Region - Water & Soil 29 March 2010 Regional Priority Code CLY16 - removal of reference to '1a' category - replaced with definition

Manure/Slurry Storage

Manure/Slurry Treatment

Grant Rates for Axis 1 Options

29 March 2010 Rates for slurry or manure storage/treatment increased by 10%
Sustainable Management of Forests 24 March 2010 Clarification of ruling for Short Rotation Forestry operation
Woodland Improvement Grant 24 March 2010 Clarification of ruling for Short Rotation Forestry operation
Role of the Case Officer 24 march 2010 New guidance regarding proposals being recommended for rejection
2010 Annual Recurrent Claim form and Information leaflet 23 March 2010 Guidance updated to reflect the 2010 Annual Recurrent Scheme year, including processing and standard letters & checklists

Dumfries & Galloway -

Business Viability and Competitiveness

Biodiversity

Landcape

Public Access

Diversification of Rural Enterprises

18 March 2010 To clarify the priorities for Dumfries & Galloway as there are double negatives within the text.

Ayrshire -

Diversification of Rural Enterprise

18 March 2010 Package numbers added to regional priority AYR30.
Woodland Improvement Grant 18 March 2010 Clarifying how an applicant can apply for Standard Cost and/or Actual Cost capital items for SSSI/Natura sites within Woodland Improvement Grant options.
Woodland Creation 18 March 2010 Slight change to abandoned land definition. New table to clarify annual recurrent grants eligible per land category. Change to deadline date for capital claim submissions that are associated with annual recurrent grants. Native woodland to be planted with species and provenance appropriate to the site.
Timing and Scheme Year Rules for Annual Recurrent Payment Claims 18 March 2010 European Commission has now formally approved the extension of the planting deadline to 30 June.
List of Options under Axis 3 16 March 2010 Guidance inserted in 'Rate of Support' sections to refer to potential State Aid restrictions - Area Access Management, Collaborative Local Development Strategies, Community Services and Facilities, Development/Creation of Micro-Enterprises, Diversification Outwith Agriculture, Information & Awareness Raising, Management and Repair of Vernacular Buildings, Management of Archaeological or Historical Sites, Skills Development to Improve Quality of Life and Support for Renewable Energy - Non Land-Based
Internal User Back Office Desk Instruction Part 1 10 March 2010 Desk instruction updated to include 'Viewing the Draft Schedule of Works'
Guidance for Staff 10 March 2010 New bullet point inserted under Back Office Desk Instruction Part 1 - 'Viewing the Draft Schedule of Works'
How it Works 4 March 2010 Examples of what to Record on file. Page currently under revision.
How it Works 4 March 2010 Amendments to guidance to clarify certain areas in State Aid Criteria
How it Works 4 March 2010 Amendments to guidance to clarify certain areas in Staff State Aid Guidance
How it Works 4 March 2010

Amendments to guidance to clarify certain areas in State Aid - Impact of Funding for Rural Priorities

Guidance for Staff 4 March 2010 Application and Claim Files - revised file name convention guidance in the SNH appendix
Guidance for Staff 4 March 2010 New Information Request Form for Non FCS Case Officers dealing with Woodland Creation
Guidance for Staff 25 February 2010 Update to Variations Guidance - links inserted to other Variations Guidance pages
How it Works 25 February 2010 Update to Variations Guidance - original pdf replaced
Internal User Desk Instructions - Capital Claim Processing 25 February 2010 Desk Instruction to support Capital Claim Processing
Internal User Desk Instructions - Capital Claim Data Capture 25 February 2010 Desk instructions updated.
Business Viability & Competitiveness Page 2 of 2 24 February 2010 Add package number 10 to option 7b
Coastal Habitats - except Machair 24 February 2010 New hyperlink added Conversion and maintenance of organic farming
Machair 24 February 2010 New hyperlink added Conversion and maintenance of organic farming
Improved Water Resource Management 24 February 2010 New hyperlink added Conversion and maintenance of organic farming
Value Added Processing 24 February 2010 New hyperlink added Conversion and maintenance of organic farming
Timing for Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost Capital Payments Claims 24 February 2010 Amendment advising late 2009 Capital claims acceptable
Claims for Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost Capital Payments: an Overview 24 February 2010 Amendment advising late 2009 Capital claims acceptable

Publicity

24 February 2010 Expanding guidance on the regulatory requirement to acknowledge EU funding for operations over €50,000 or over €500,000, including annual recurrent options under Axis 2.
Guidance for Staff 17 February 2010 Changes to Variations Guidance. Variations Guidance - original pdf replaced. Variation Desk Instructions pdf replaced and renamed Variations Processing Instructions. New pages created Back Office Desk Instructions - RDC Variation and Variation Request Form.
How It Works 17 February 2010 Amendments made to How It Works page and associated links thereafter as a result of changes newly announced that increase the financial limit within Ongoing Approval Process of Forestry Proposals for Woodland Creation options.
Statement of Intent Application Guidance - Applicants and Agents 11 February 2010 Sections 4.2 & 7 have been amended. Sections 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 have been added.
Tayside 11 February 2010 'Organic Conversion' changed to 'Organic Conversion and Maintenance' on Biodiversity (TAY12).
Clyde Valley 11 February 2010 Removal of reference to Organic Action Plan from Business Viability and Competitiveness Priorities page 2 (CLY07b).
Forth 11 February 2010 Removal of reference to Organic Action Plan from Business Viability and Competitiveness Priorities page 2 (FOR07b). 'Organic Conversion' changed to 'Organic Conversion and Maintenance' on Diversification of Rural Enterprise (FOR26b).
Ayrshire 11 Februrary 2010 Removal of reference to Organic Action Plan for Business Viability and Competitiveness Priorities page 2 (AYR07b). Removal of reference to Organic Conversion from Diversification of Rural Enterprise (AYR26b).
Guidance on filing Application and Claim Case files 5 February 2010 Revised version.
Online guidance, processing cases in Front Office with SoI and Proposal or Proposal with SoI by-pass 5 February 2010 Addition of Applications - Overview screen details at Section 2.0. Change to Section 3.0 to insert details on How to Access the Case List. Section numbers all changed to take account of new information
Proposal Assessment Criteria 5 February 2010

Addition of generic sentence (taken from leverage guidance) to Assessment Criteria home page.

Project Expenditure Eligible costs 1 February 2010 Links to the claims guidance
Match funding and In-Kind contributions 1 February 2010 Replacing SCHRI with CARES
Collaborative Local Development Strategies 1 February 2010 Update on proposed move to LEADER.
SOI User guidance for Applicants & Agents 29 January 2010 The "when" paragraph in Section 1 has been updated with additional clarification on claim years
Assessment Criteria 29 January 2010 3 sub pages replaced - Added Value,Meeting Demand & Contribution to National Targets. Assessment criteria pdf updated.
Using Option Codes when making a Claim 29 January 2010 Additional sections to reflect that from 20 January 2010, option codes will be displayed on the Schedule of Works
Payments, Penalties and Recovery 28 January 2010 All guidance updated and placed on main SRDP website
Annual Recurrent claim S & D Checks 25 January 2010 New desk instruction to support Annual Recurrent Claims - S & D Checks
Annual Recurrent claim processing 25 January 2010 New desk instruction to support Annual Recurrent Claims - Processing
Annual Recurrent Claim Data Capture 25 January 2010 New desk instruction to support Annual Recurrent Claims - data capture
Community Services and Facilities 20 January 2010 Clarifying definitions of used by and benefit to the local community.
Management of Ancient Wood Pasture 20 January 2010 Addition of link to forestry webpage
Statement of Intent (SOI) Application Guidance 24 December 2009 Update the 5Ws guidance in line with the cook report.
Statement of Intent 24 December 2009 Update the 5Ws guidance in line with the cook report.
Grant Rates for Axis 2 Options 17 December 2009 Update of payment rates
Off Wintering of Sheep 16 December 2009 Deletion of provision for shorter period of off wintering
Mammal and Bird Control 16 December 2009 Addition of 'Multi-catch ladder traps' to list of eligible capital items

Payment Rate for Standard Cost Capital

16 December 2009 Updated payment rates
Timing for Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost Capital Payment Claim 16 December 2009 Revised deadline for receipt of supporting documentation
Timing and Scheme Year Rules for Annual Recurrent Payment Claims 09 December 2009 To clarify the ARG rules associated with the example of Woodland Creation Natural Regeneration Option provided
Back Office Desk Instruction - Part 2 08 December 2009 Updated Back Office desk instructions, now to version 4.0. "Return to Stage 3" functionality now included
Desk Instruction - Capital Claim 08 December 2009 Updated desk instructions, now to version 1.2
Mammal and Bird Control 08 December 2009 Confirmation of distance from Lek sites

Consultation and Public Register Requirements - Woodland Creation (including Short Rotation Coppice)

08 December 2009 Update of guidance for 'forestry' RDC-RP cases
Woodland Creation 08 December 2009 Addition of link to technical guidance on native woodland habitat networks
Capital Items Claim Form 07 December 2009 Revised Claim Form
Nutrient Management Plan 26 November 2009 Correction to web links to the 4 Point-Plan in the Nutrient Management Plan Option Guidance.
Woodland Creation 26 November 2009 Amendment to guidance text.
Improving the Econmic Value of Forests 24 November 2009

'Who Can Apply'

The eligibility criteria of a minimum area of 30 hectares is to be reduced to 1 hectare.

Manure/Slurry Treatment 24 November 2009 Update to Option guidance, to include 51%rule.
Timing and Scheme Year Rules for Annual Recurrent Payment Claims 24 November 2009 Update to Option guidance, first afforestation rule.
Selecting your RPAC region 24 November 2009 Clarification for applications which cover more than 1 RPAC region.
Desk Instruction - Capital Claim 24 November 2009 Updated Desk instructions.
Community Services and Facilities 19 November 2009 SOIs and Proposals will continue to be progressed through Rural Priorities for the time being.
Capital Claims Checklist - Appendix 8 17 November 2009 Update to Capital Claims Checklist - Appendix 8
Management and Repair of Vernacular buildings 16 November 2009

Updated links

VAT and Claims 16 November 2009 Clarification amendment only for claims including VAT
Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Natura features 10 November 2009 Clarification on when capital items under this Measure 216 item are to be claimed (and scheduled in the Schedule of Works)
Various 10 November 2009

The Woodland Creation Option guidance, the Woodland Improvement Grant Option guidance, the Improving the Economic value of Forests Option guidance and the guidance associated with Agri-Environment Standard Cost Capital Items list have all been updated to take into account the following which resulted from the approval of the Statutory Instrument on 7 November. Full details can be found on the What's New pages or within the individual guidance pages.

Mammal and Bird Control 10 November 2009 Addition of a link to Black grouse package guidance from the Mammal and Bird Control web guidance page.
Land ownership and Control 10 November 2009 Clarifying the arrangements for community groups.
Support for Diversification Outwith Agriculture 04 November 2009 Deletion of diversification measure under 'What Costs could be Supported'
RPAC Payment Rates 04 November 2009 Clarifying changes to Community Services and Facilities option
Land Ownership, Control and Withdrawal 03 November 2009 Clarifying the arrangements and agreements needed for work on other people's land
Project Expenditure Eligible Costs 03 November 2009 Clarifying conditions on previous funding for land real estate purchase and including planning permission fees
Schedule of Rates for Machinery and Labour 27 October 2009

Correction to Schedule of Rates - the 20% premium included in the £7.82 rate for labour does not include employers National Insurance contributions.

Capital Claim Workflow 27 October 2009 Replacement of document (multi amendments)

Timing for Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost Capital Payments Claims

27 October 2009 Amendments to Timing for Standard Cost & Actual Cost Capital Payments to include the insertion of some hyperlinks
Interim Claims 27 October 2009

Amendments to Interim Claims to include the insertion of some hyperlinks

Changes to Claim Years 26 October 2009

New page including hyperlinks

Agri-environment Standard Payment Rates for Capital Items

Stock Fence :-

Agri-environment

Woodland Creation

Woodland Improvement Grant

26 October 2009 Clarifying entitlement to claim full payment on certain capital items associated with a boundary fence.

Statement of Intent Workflow and Records Management

Standard Letter Templates

12 October 2009

Updated to include new guidance on SoI Bypass

Management of Hedgerows 09 October 2009 Clarification on eligibility of roadside and 'boundary' hedges under the Management of Hedgerows Option

Argyll Region - Water & Soil

Ayr Region - Water & Soil

Borders Region - Water & Soil

Clyde Valley Region - Water & Soil

Dumfries and Galloway Region - Water & Soil

Forth Region - Water & Soil

Grampian Region - Water & Soil

Highland Region - Water & Soil

Northern Isles Region - Water & Soil

Outer Hebrides Region - Water & Soil

Tayside Region - Water & Soil

07 October 2009

Amendment to wording for Water and Soils Management priority for each RPAC.

Grant Rates for Axis 2 Options

06 October 2009

Update to Woodland Creation Payment Rates table to reflect the new intervention rate of 80% for Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) that has been introduced to the 6 Woodland Creation Options.

Applying the five State Aid Criteria 06 October Diagram amended to show increase in funding from €200,000 to €500,000
Contract & VAT Standard letter Templates 06 October 2009 New page with Contract & VAT Standard Template letters.

Online SoI Application for Applicants & Agents

Online Proposal guidance for applicants & Agents

Internal User Guidance for Processing Rural Priority Cases in Front Office

06 October 2009 Desk Instructions amended to take into account the 'new look and feel' to the Rural Priorities on-line application system.

How it Works

Statement of Intent

What will I have to do

What happens once I have submitted my SoI

06 October 2009 SoI guidance amended to include new SoI Bypass
Statement of Intent Workflow and Records Management 30 September 2009 Minor amendment to Transfer of Files guidance.

Capital Items Claim Form

30 September 2009

Addition of interim/final claim question and clearer layout on signing page

Thriving Rural Communities 30 September 2009 Clarification that Borders Regional Priority 31a excludes core or revenue funding for community organisations
Timing and Scheme Year Rules for Annual Recurrent Payment claims 25 September 2009 Amendment to 4th bullet point, the following paragraph.
Variations Guidance

25 September 2009

Amendment to variation guidance text

Mammal & Bird Control 24 September 2009 Clarify what costs are eligible under the Predator control for black grouse and capercaillie option, how to enter details when submitting proposals and what supporting documentation is required with a claim.

Woodland Creation

Woodland Improvement Grant

Area Access Man.

Enjoyment of Rural Landscapes

Information & Awareness Raising

Man. of Archaeological or historic sites

Agri-environment Standard capital rates

Building/restoring dry/flagstone dykes

Post & Rail Fence

Stock Fence :-

Agri-environment

Woodland Creation

Woodland Improvement Grant

Deer Fence :-

Agri-environment

Woodland Creation

Woodland Improvement Grant

22 September 2009 To clarify payment rates - to explain that march fences and dykes are only eligible for a proportion of the replacement/restoration/rebuilding cost if management responsibility is shared between neighbouring land managers
Land Ownership, Control and Withdrawal 11 September 2009 Succession Request Form now available.
Assessment Criteria - National Targets 11 September 2009 National Target for addressing feature condition on SSSI/Natura sites: removal of reference to 2010
Community Services and Facilities 11 September 2009 Clarification that eligible non-capital costs only relate to capital works
Woodland Creation 11 September 2009 Amendment to guidance text
Grant Rates for Axis 3 Options 08 September 2009 Updating grant rates for Community Services and Facilities and Collaborative Local Development Strategies options
Community Services and Facilities 08 September 2009 Inclusion of key ineligible costs, particularly relevant to this option
Statement of Intent Workflow and Records Management 4 September 2009 Inclusion of SOI Bypass option plus procedural updates
Wildlife Management on Upland and Peathand Sites 4 September 2009 Guidance updated to allow applicants access to an additional livestock management option.
Provision and Upgrading Infrastructure 4 September 2009 Amendment to guidance text
Diversification Outwith Agriculture 4 September 2009 Amendment to guidance text
How to make a capital claim 3 September 2009 Confirmation that the deadline for 2009 items will be 31 December 2009.
Wild Bird Seed Mix/Unharvested Crop 3 September 2009 Additional guidance to emphasise the importance of separating the plots.
Succession Guidance 3 September 2009 Addition of text to introduce this guidance
Clyde Valley Region - Built & Cultural Heritage 26 August 2009 Minor modifications to Regional Priorities 15e
Clyde Valley Region - Diversification of Rural Enterprise 26 August 2009

Minor modifications to Regional Priorities 30

Interim Claims 24 August 2009 Correction to guidance - restriction applied to interim claims is 70% of total approved grant and not 70% of total approved cost of the investment
Guidance for Staff 20 August 2009 Non Contentious Forestry Proposals - updates to The Process for Ongoing Approval of Forestry Proposals and Flowchart - The Process for Ongoing Approval of Forestry Proposals
Guidance for Staff 17 August 2009 New sub-heading added - 'Non Contentious Forestry Proposals' - The Process for Ongoing Approval of Forestry Proposals and Flowchart - The Process for Ongoing Approval of Forestry Proposals
How it Works 17 August 2009 Updates to give details of the 'Ongoing Approvals' process for Forestry only Proposals - Proposal, Assessment, Formal Scoring and How to Apply
Support for Renewable Energy - Non Land Based 17 August 2009 Clarification of eligibility for renewable energy options
Renewable Energy - Forestry 17 August 2009 Clarification of eligibility for renewable energy options
Renewable Energy - Agriculture

17 August 2009

Clarification of eligibility for renewable energy options
Grant Rates for Axis 2 Options 17 August 2009 Update of payment rates for woodland creation
Woodland Improvement Grant 13 August 2009 The following 3 capital items have been added to the list eligible under option: 'Woodland Improvement Grant - Woodland Habitats and Species' Removal of tree crop to waste 3m-6m high, Woodland Clearance benefiting raised bog/blanket bog - felling to waste and Woodland Clearance benefiting raised bog/blanket bog - felling and extraction.
Land Ownership, Control and Withdrawal 13 August 2009 Additional text with link to new Landlord Consent Form
Landlord Consent Form 13 August 2009 New Form

Project Expenditure Eligible Costs

12 August 2009

Updating details of eligible costs

Succession Guidance 06 August 2009 Contract succession guidance, flowcharts - single incomer or multiple incomers, succession request form and standard letter templates
Creation or restoration of a pond 31 July 2009 Duplicate paragraph deleted
Woodland Creation 27 July 2009 Woodland Creation annual recurrent modification rates amended to 100%
VAT and Claims 24 July 2009 Amendment to guidance to include the VAT Registration Status Declaration Form
Quotes and Estimates 24 July 2009 Pages reordered and clarification on Quotes and Estimates
Assessing Microrenewables Non Land Based Proposals - Guidance for Case Officers 24 July 2009 Correction to the PDF format.
Guidance for staff 23 July 2009 New page - Internal user desk instructions - capital claims
RPAC Assessment and Funding Decision Making Process 20 July 2009 New text added - update on scoring following SRDP review
Formal Scoring 20 July 2009 New text added - update on scoring following SRDP review
Creation or restoration of a pond 20 July 2009 Add new paragraph to guidance and a hyperlink to the SEPA publication 'Ponds, pools and lochans'
State Aid 20 July 2009 Temporary increase of de minimus limit to €500,000
Guidance for Staff 16 July 2009 Guidance extended to include what to do in case of the incorrect application of regional priority 9
Guidance for Staff 10 July 2009 Page re-ordered, links moved
Landlord Notification Form 30 June 2009 BRN field now in correct configuration
Rural Priorities - Inspections 30 June 2009 2 new pages added - Protocol for allocation of annual recurrent inspections and Protocol for allocation of capital inspections. Minor updating/amending of the SRDP Rural Priority inspection pages
Community Services and Facilities 30 June 2009 Clarification of categories of eligible applicant and activity
Claims for Outcome Plans 30 June 2009

The ability to claim or make payments for Outcome Plans under type "d" ie over 5 years will not be available until summer 2010

Appendices 26 June 2009 Clarify supporting documents for community applications
Assessment Criteria - Contribution to National Targets 22 June 2009 Additional guidance on the woodland expansion target.
Woodland Creation Option 12 June 2009 Eligibility of Short Rotation Forestry, with link to associated technical guidance added.
Assessment criteria - collaboration 12 June 2009 Amendment to provide further guidance on how to assess collaboration
Assessment criteria - leverage 12 June 2009 Amendment to provide further guidance on how to assess leverage.
Claims and Claims for Standard Cost Captial & Actual Cost Capital Payments: an Overveiw 3 June 2009 Amendment to both web pages to include links to the Machinery and Labour rates, timesheets and Electrical Certificate
Project Expenditure Eligible Costs 3 June 2009 Inclusion of land and real estate purchase as eligible costs.
Woodland Creation 26 May 2009 Eligibility guidance added on natural regeneration, juniper and planting that is the subject of planning consent.
Forth RPAC - Regional Priority 26 May 2009 Amendment to Forth regional priority 07b relating to organic farming.
Variation guidance 19 May 2009 Contract variation guidance and desk instructions and standard letter templates
Management of Species-Rich Grassland 19 May 2009 Amendment of text and the addition of Sward Height guidance
Using Option codes when making a claim 18 May 2009 New pages including the 3 option code lists
How Penalties are calculated for over-claims 18 May 2009

Minor textual changes in table on page to reflect new EU policy, and removal of one row of table for same reason

Collaborative Local Development Strategies 11 May 2009 Rate of support altered
Forest Plan Preparation 11 May 2009 Updated the link to the latest guidance and examples of Forest Plans.
Project Expenditure Eligible Costs (Including Second Hand Equipment) 7 May 2009 Confirmation that Machinery bought on a hire purchase agreement is not eligible for assistance
Woodland Creation 29 April 2009 Amendment to clarify claim dates
Extended Hedges 29 April 2009 Amendment to clarify claim dates
Management of Hedgerows 29 April 2009 Amendment to clarify claim dates
Underdrain (or culvert) breaking 29 April 2009 Add diagram to show how to break a culvert or underdrain
Grass Margins and Beetlebanks 28 April 2009 Clarify management of sterile strip
Supporting Biodiversity 28 April 2009 Add link to Bumblebee Conservation Trust web page
Livestock Tracks, Gates and River Crossinigs 27 April 2009 Clarity that this measure is only eligible if associated with agri-environment options which identify such a need.
Project Expenditure Eligible costs 27 April 2009

Clarification on eligibility of machinery bought on a hire purchase agreement.

Buffer Areas for Fens and Lowland Raised Bogs 20 April 2009 Amendment to section on Rate of Support
Match Funding and In-kind Contributions 8 April 2009 Definition of match funding, limiting effect of intervention rates on funding from public sources
Applying the five State Aid Criteria 8 April 2009 Addition of the link to Establish whether an activity is non-commercial and purely for public benefit
State Aid - Impact of Funding for Rural Priorities 8 April 2009 Addition of the link to How to work out if state aid rules apply
Quotes and Estimates 8 April 2009 Guidance page added to the General rules menu
Woodland Improvement Grant 8 April 2009 Table added showing revised restocking densities for restructuring regenerartion.
Biodiversity cropping on in-bye 1 April 2009 Amendment to page to add further guidance
Diversification Outwith agriculture 1 April 2009 Amendment to page
Rural Priorities - Contract 1 April 2009 Addition of the Link to the Staff Guidance on Contracts
Internal User Back Office Desk Instruction - Part 3 25 March 2009 Desk Instruction Updated
Internal User Back Office Desk Instruction - Part 2 25 March 2009 Desk Instruction Updated
Internal User Back Office Desk Instruction - Part 1 25 March 2009 Desk Instruction Updated
Match Funding and In-Kind Contributions 23 March 2009 New page on sources or acceptable match funding and in-kind contributions for Rural Priorities
Internal User Back Office Desk Instructions - Part 2 23 March 2009 Updated guidance to the Record RPAC Decision Screen
Community Services and Facilities 20 March 2009 Clarification of definition of "rural community group"
Funding for Outcome Plans 13 March 2009 Updated guidance
Claims for Outcome Plans 13 March 2009 Updated guidance
Outcome Plan Claim Checklist 13 March 2009 Checklist updated
Outcome Plan Claim Form

13 March 2009

Extensive changes to Outcome Plan Claim Form
Types of Breach and Applicable Penalties 12 March 2009 Clarification on breaches and how they apply. Addition of an examples page.
Payment and Recoveries 12 March 2009 Clarification on breaches and how they apply
Grazings Committee

5 March 2009

Correction to the guidance - bringing it into line with SSI
Woodland Improvement Grant Option 3 March 2009 Payment rates increased for most operations, new operations added and actual costs now payable for work on SSSI/Natura sites
Woodland Creation Option 3 March 2009 Addistion of 3 new fencing types and additional text on native woodlands, farmland premium and neighbour notification
Short Rotation Coppice Crops of Willow or Poplar Option 3 March 2009 Maximum payment now £1000 per hectare.
Collaborative Local Development Strategies 27 February 2009 Addition of Rural Direct Service details
Community Services and Facilities 27 February 2009 Alteration of rate of support and addition of Rural Direct Service details
Area Access Management 27 February 2009 Removal of £500 per capital item limit
List of Rural Priorities Options 27 February 2009 Addition of note that 'Development/Creation of Mirco-Enterprises' can only be applied for under Regional Priorities 26-30
Internal User Back Office Desk Instuction Part 1 19 February 2009 Updated to include Case Detail Deletion Functionality
Setting up Young Farmers 17 February 2009 Brief clarification of eligible loans
Outcome Plan Claim form 19 February 2009 Updated Outcome Plan Claim Form
Outcome Plan Claim Workflow 10 February 2009 Updated Outcome Plan Claim Workflow
Outcome Plan Claim Standard Letters and Checklist Templates 10 February 2009 New Section under 'Guidance for Staff' for Outcome Plan Claim Standard Letters and Checklist Templates
Forth Region Priority - Adaptations to Mitigate Climate Change 6 February 2009 Clarification on Forth Regional Priority 21
Forth Region Priority - Landscape 6 February 2009 Clarification on Forth Regional Priority 14
Internal User Back Office Desk Instructions Part 2 3 February 2009 Case Officer guidance regarding the Points to Note Comment box that will be printed within the contract
Internal User Back Office Desk Instructions Part 3 3 February 2009 Examples of Approval of Proposal and Rejection of Proposal letters
Conversion to and Maintenance of Organic Farming 30 January 2009 Clarification on the period for which payment will be delivered.
Outcome Plan Claims and Actual Cost Capital Claims 30 January 2009 Additional guidance on proof of VAT registration status
RDC Contract 30 January 2009 Update to the description of the documents that comprise an RDC Contract
General Undertakings 28 January 2009 Added an undertaking that covers people who are VAT registered
Planting or re-planting of hedge 28 January 2009 Revised text - clarify whether applicants need to protect new planting from voles.
Away-Wintering of Sheep 23 January 2009 Clarification that Proposal should deliver an improvement to the condition of moorland
Off-Wintering of Sheep 23 January 2009 Clarification that Proposal should deliver an improvement to the condition of moorland
Internal User Back Office Desk Instruction Part 1 23 January 2009 Desk Instruction Updated
Internal User Back Office Desk Instruction Part 2 23 January 2009 Desk Instruction Updated
Internal User Back Office Desk Instruction Part 3 23 January 2009 Desk Instruction Updated
Extended Hedges 21 January 2009 Clarification whether both sides of a hedge can be extended.
Assessment Criteria - Contribution to National Targets 20 January 2009 Clarification whether older farmers can qualify for the National Target - encouraging new entrants into farming
Woodland Creation 20 January 2009 200 hectare maximum limit, on eligibility for receipt of Farmland Premium payments, removed.
Erosion Control 20 January 2009 Amendment of Captial Item guidance for consistency.
Mammal and Bird Control 9 January 2009 Clarification of Rate of Support for Predator Control for Black Grouse and Capercaillie.
Timing and Scheme Year Rules for Annual Recurrent Payment Claims 24 December 2008 Remove reference to the 2 year rule as this conflicts with what is in contracts.
Timing for Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost Capital Payments Claims 24 December 2008 Remove reference to the 2 year rule as this conflicts with what is in contracts.
VAT and Claims 24 December 2008 Clarification of VAT guidance.
Scare or temporary fencing 24 December 2008 Revised text to confirm that scare fencing is only eligible if required to protect a dyke rebuilt under the RDC-RP contract
Case Officer Proposal Assessment Template 19 December 2008 Amended hyperlinks
Assessment Criteria - Contribution to National Targets 19 December 2008 To clarify that an age restriction does apply.
Specific targeted areas for Rural Priorities in Scotland 18 December 2008 New page of guidance on target areas relating to Control of invasive non-native species

Internal User Back Office Desk Instruction Part 1

17 December 2008 Fully revised to incorporate changes to the back office system
Moorland Grazings on Upland and Peatlands 17 December 2008 To clarify eligibility criteria
Landlord Declaration Form 12 December 2008 New Form
Landlord Notification Form 12 December 2008 New Form
Land Ownership and Control 12 December 2008 Revised text
Proposal Assessment Criteria 8 December 2008 PDF replaced with new version
Conservation Management for Small Units 5 December 2008 Add link to online application form and move paragraph regarding online application
Timing and Scheme Year Rules for Annual Recurrent Payment Claims 4 December 2008 Amendment to contract and claim start date
Conversion to and Maintenance of Organic Farming 4 December 2008 Correction to the amount of the minimum payment per IACS business under the Organic Conversion and Organic Maintenance options
Forestry Commission Scotland Consents 4 December 2008 Confirmation - Specially Identified Hill Areas no longer a trigger for FCS to consult RPID
Open Grazed or Wet Grassland for Wildlife 4 December 2008 Confirmation that the area being managed under the Open Grazed or Wet Grassland for Wildlife option cannot be relocated during the 5-year period
Arable Reversion to Grassland 4 December 2008 Clarifying the eligibility criteria for a field entered for management under the Arable Reversion to Grassland option
Improving the Economic Value of Forests 4 December 2008 Update of "Who can apply" - Option is only availlable to applicants with a forest holding of at least 30 hectares
Erosion Control - Capital Item

3 December 2008

Amendment to enable claims for a 5 year captial project to be made throughout the 5 year contract
Project Expenditure Eligible Costs (Including Second Hand Equipment) 3 December 2008 New page
Assessing applications from employees of RPID, SNH or FCS 3 December 2008 New page
Provision and Upgrading of Infrastructure 3 December 2008 Amendment to "Who can apply"
VAT and Claims 3 December 2008 Guidance on including/excluding VAT from claims
Claims for Standard / actual cost capital items 3 December 2008 Amendment to guidance
Claims for Outcome Plans 3 December 2008 Revised text
Assessment Criteria - Meeting Demand 28 November 2008 Additional text
Assessment Criteria - Leverage 28 November 2008 Additional text
Assessment Criteria - Long Term Benefit 28 November 2008 Additional text
Assessment Criteria - Integration 28 November 2008 Additional text
Assessment Criteria - Collaboration 28 November 2008 Additional text
Land Ownership, control and withdrawal 28 November 2008 Revised text
Rural Priorities - Contract 27 November 2008 Guidance change - Procedure for verification of signatures on RDC Rural Priorities contracts
Outcome Plan Claim Workflow 26 November 2008 New section to staff guidance for outcome plan claims
Outcome Plan Claims 26 November 2008 Revised text
Case Officer Proposal Assesment Template 26 November 2008 Definitive case officer proposal assesment template download added to the 'Guidance for Staff' webpage
Informing others 26 November 2008 Add new links to web page and include tracked changes
Conservation Management for Small Units 25 November 2008 Replace existing web page with amended guidance
Control of invasive non-native species - Grey Squirrels 25 November 2008 Clarification on the number of trapping sessions appropriate to the site

Moorland - Stock Disposal

25 November 2008 Eligibility of continuing to maintain reduced flock size set under a legacy agri-environment scheme agreement
Watercourse Channel Enhancement 13 November 2008 Revised text
Control of invasive and non-native species - Grey Squirrels 13 November 2008 Clarification on the number of trap sessions per year
Open Grazed or Wet Grassland for Wildlife 13 November 2008 Confirmation that the area being managed under the Open Grazed or Wet Grassland for Wildlife option cannot be relocated during the 5-year period.
Management of Hedgerows 13 November 2008 Management of Hedgerows option - clarification on the ineligibility of a hedge which itself forms the boundary or march
Conservation Management Plan for Small Units 11 November 2008

Clarification on timing of submission of Conservation management plan with special measures for small units

Standard Letter Templates 10 November 2008 The standard letter templates in the SoI Workflow and Records Management PDF have also been included as a separate PDF.
Claims for Outcome Plans and Funding for Outcome Plans 10 November 2008 Clarification that an applicant can claim one or the other type of specialist plan but not both.
Grass margins and Beetlebanks 10 November 2008

Clarification: 0.5 m (minimum) sterile strip is included in the paid area under the management of grass margins option. Width of grass margin strip is 1.5 m (minimum) plus 0.5 m (minimum) sterile strip.

Skills Development and Skills Development to Improve Quality of Life 10 November 2008 Links have been inserted in each Option to the other Option to cross-reference the two Options
Cropped Machair 5 November 2008

Clarification of the crop/fallow rotation and the application of payment rates under the Cropped Machair Option.

Internal Desk Instructions for Guidance 31 October 2008 Guidance rewritten to reflect system updates
Internal Online SOI Application Guidance 31 October 2008 Guidance rewritten to reflect system updates
Online Proposal Application for Applicants and Agents 31 October 2008 Guidance rewritten to reflect system updates
Online SOI Application for Applicants and Agents 31 October 2008 Guidance rewritten to reflect system updates

Land ownership, control and withdrawal

31 October 2008

Sentence added to guidance page to confirm that applicants cannot receive final approval from Scottish Ministers for their Proposal without first notifying the Landlord.

Funding for Outcome Plans 31 October 2008

Changes made to advise that it is not yet possible for applicants to opt for Type (d) Outcome Plan funding until 2009

Claims for Outcome Plans 31 October 2008

Changes made to advise that it is not yet possible for applicants to opt for Type (d) Outcome Plan funding until 2009

Management and repair of vernacular buildings

31 October 2008

Minor clarification of eligibility criteria and claims procedure.

Types of Breach and Applicable Penalties 31 October 2008

Change of wording to cover further SRDP schemes in guidance on additional competitive penalties.

Introduction to Breaches and Penalties

31 October 2008

Change of wording to cover further SRDP schemes in guidance on additional competitive penalties.

Consultation and Public Register for Woodlands, Forest Planning and Short Rotation Coppice 30 October 2008

Add additional text to heading Guidance on Consultation and Public Register to clarify that this is for woodlands only

How to Apply

30 October 2008

Add new sentence to page to clarify how to apply if you do not own or let land.

Who can apply

30 October 2008

Add sentence to guidance page to clarify whether or not Local Authorities can apply

Claims for Standard Cost capital and actual cost capital items: an overview

30 October 2008

Add sentence to guidance page to clarify the proportion of a proposal that can be made up of capital items

Highland Region - Biodiversity 27 October 2008 Highland regional priority 12 updated for clarity.
Assessing Microrenewables Agri/Forestry Proposals - Guidance for Case Officers 23 October 2008

Section 'Determining whether the proposed installation could have planning, natural heritage, licensing or other issues ' has been amended.

Environment Outcome Plan 22 October 2008 Environmental Outcome Plan updated in locked word document and pdf to include new section for Woodland Creation Options
Environment Outcome Plan Guidance 22 October 2008 Guidance updated to include description of new section in Outcome Plan.

Soil and Water Management Programme

21 October 2008 Guidance updated and 'Soils and Water Plan' added.

Stage 1: Assessment of a submitted Proposal

21 October 2008

'Consultation with other Public Organisations' updated to include more information about certain woodland Options.
Internal Users Back Office Desk Instructions Parts 1, 2 and 3 21 October 2008 Guidance has been substantially upgraded and amended. Three pdfs replace the one 'Internal Desk Instructions for Approval, Assessment and Scoring'.
Moorland Grazings on Uplands and Peatlands

20 October 2008

'Eligibility Criteria' amended to allow combining this Option with the Muirburn and Heather Swiping Option.
Wildlife Management on Upland and Peatland Sites

20 October 2008

'What this will achieve' and list of requirements in 'What you can do' amended and 'Eligibility Criteria' amended to allow combining this Option with the Muirburn and Heather Swiping Option.
Claims for Outcome Plans 17 October 2008 Clarification of what payments are included in the £1,000 limit for Plan payments.
Manure/ Slurry Storage 3 October 2008 'What you can do' and 'What costs could be supported' sections amended.
Community Services and Facilities 3 October 2008 Inspection/ verification information amended to exclude quotes guidance, which is included in 'What costs could be supported'.
Sustainable Management of Forests 2 October 2008

Eligibility criteria no longer excludes from support 'individual areas measuring less than 1 hectare'.

Woodland Creation 2 October 2008

Eligibility criteria for the mixed conifer/broadleaf woodland updated and definition of agricultural land added.

Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) and Habitats Scheme leavers in 2009 29 September 2008 Information about leaving the Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) Scheme or Habitats Scheme in 2009
Monitoring and Evaluation 22 September 2008 Guidance has been amended
Interim Claims 17 September 2008 Additional sentence included first paragraph to clarify text.
Ayrshire Regional Priority 9 17 September 2008 Ayrshire Regional Priority 9 amended for clarity.
Setting up Young Farmers - Interest Rate Relief 11 September 2008 'Who can apply' section updated.
Assessing Microrenewable Agri/Forestry Proposals - Guidance for Case Officers 9 September 2008 PDF has now been uploaded in Staff Guidance Section
Assessing Microrenewable Non Land Based Proposals - Guidance for Case Officers 9 September 2008 PDF has now been uploaded in Staff Guidance Section
Quotes and Estimates 9 September 2008 Guidance has now been published. A sentence has also been included in appropriate Options.
SoI Workflow and Filing Procedure - Guidance for Staff 8 September 2008 New version of PDF uploaded
Manure/Slurry Storage 8 September 2008 Modification of text in 'What you can do' section for clarification.
Online Proposal Submission 4 September 2008 Removal of 'Helpful Hints' section. This infromation is now available in the Online Proposal Guidance For Applicants and Agents.
Mammal and Bird Control 3 September Eligibilty section has been updated
Support for Renewable Energy - Non Land Based 3 September 2008 Sections: What you can do, who can apply? and What technologies are supported? Have been updated.
Renewable Energy - Forestry 3 September 2008 Section:What technologies are supported? Has been updated.
Renewable Energy - Agriculture 3 September 2008 Section:What technologies are supported? Has been updated.
Proposal Assessment Criteria 3 September 2008 Outdated text removed
Online Proposal Guidance For Applicants and Agents 26 August 2008

Reformatted document to landscape, added Helpful Hints and removed outdated text.

Internal desk instructions on submitted Proposal 26 August 2008 Reformatted document to landscape, added Helpful Hints and removed outdated text.
Value Added Processing 26 August 2008 Guidance for the Value Added Processing Package now published.
Treat Run-Off of Pollutants - Farm Wetlands 26 August 2008 Rate of support section updated.
Habitat Grazing Management 26 August 2008 Rate of support section updated.
Livestock Tracks, Gates and River Crossings 25 August 2008 Guidance on the funding of 2nd hand equipment added. Section on rate of support updated.
Assessment Criteria - Additionality 25 August 2008

Guidance on how you can score a 'high' has been updated.

Assessment of a Sumitted Proposal 13 August 2008 Guidance wording amended.
Conservation and Management for Small Units 13 August 2008 Wording withing Option guidance amended.
Internal Desk Instructions for Assessment, Approval and Scoring of Proposal 12 August 2008 Staff guidance on assessing, scoring and approving Proposals is now available.
Inspections - Minimum Requirements for Fertiliser and Plant Protection Product Use 12 August 2008 The wording for what will be checked by inspectors with regards to fertiliser and plant protection product use has been amended.
Forest Plan Preparation 12 August 2008 Additional information has been included in the guidance for preparing Forest Plan as part of Woodland Improvement Grant.
Claims for Standard Cost Capital & Actual Cost Capital Payments: an Overview 5 August 2008 Paragraph added confirming that only Standard Cost Capital Items approved in a Proposal can be claimed for.
Guidance for staff 24 July 2008 The guidance for staff has now been moved to the bottom of the left hand menu under 'how it works'. There is still a link from the 'forms and further guidance' menu.
Claims guidance 24 July 2008 Figures within the outcome plan tables have been altered.
Mapping 24 July 2008 Guidance on mapping has now been published.
Consents and Licences Guidance 21 July 2008 Wording changed to incorporate changes in outcome plan templates.
Environment Outcome Plan Guidance 21 July 2008 Information relating to the constent section of the outcome plan template amended.
Business Outcome Plan Guidance 21 July 2008 Information relating to the constent section of the outcome plan template amended.
Outcome Plan Templates 21 July 2008 Consents section of all three outcome plan tempates amended.
Internal Desk instructions for submitted proposal 18 July 2008 Information relating to Annual Recurrent Options has been altered
Online Proposal Desk Instructions 18 July 2008 Information relating to Annual Recurrent Options has been altered
Consents and Licences Guidance 18 July 2008 Guidance on Consents and Licences has now been published.
Assessment and Scoring Guidance 15 July 2008 Guidance on Assessment and the Scoring Process has now been published.
Internal Desk Instructions for submitted Proposal 14 July 2008 The Internal Desk Instructions for dealing with a submitted proposal has now been published.
Online Proposal Desk Instructions 14 July 2008 The Online Proposal Guidance for Applicants and Agents has now been published
Open Grazed or Wet Grassland for Wildlife 14 July 2008 Wording for 'Inspectors will check' in the Inspection section of guidance has been altered.
Contracts guidance 14 July 2008 Guidance on Contracts has now been published.
Claims guidance 10 July 2008 Guidance for making claims has now been published.
Consultation and Public Register 8 July 2008 Case Officer guidance for Consultation and Public Register for Forestry Options has been published and is available as PDF.
SSSI and Natura sites capital item guidance 8 July 2008 Actual Cost Capital Item guidance for SSSI and Natura sites now added to appropriate Options
Erosion control Capital Item guidance 8 July 2008 Actual Cost Capital Item guidance for Erosion control now added to appropriate Options
Outcome Plan Template 7 July 2008 Outcome plan templates for Environment, Business and Woodland Creation now available to download in a printable PDF form, and an editable Word document.
Proposal Guidance 7 July 2008 Guidance on submitting proposal updated to include online proposal submission.
Online Proposal Guidance - for applicants and agents (pdf) 7 July 2008 Downloadable PDF desk instructions for submitting proposal online published.
Outcome Plan - Do you need specialist advice? 3 July 2008 Guidance on assessing the need for specialist advice as part of your Outcome Plan is now published.
Diversification Outwith Agriculture 2 July 2008 Wording for 'Who can apply' section has been altered.

Renewable Energy - Agriculture

2 July 2008 Refinements made to Eligibilty Criteria and Technical Information sections.
Renewable Energy - Forestry 2 July 2008 Refinements made to Eligibilty Criteria and Technical Information sections.
Support for Renewable Energy - Non Land Based 2 July 2008 Refinements made to Eligibilty Criteria and Technical Information sections.
Supporting Biodiversity - Scottish Wildcats 1 July 2008 Option to control Grey Squirrels for Red squirrel conservation removed.
Supporting Biodiversity Package 27 June 2008 Guidance for the Supporting Biodiversity package now published
Northern Isles Region - Thriving Rural Communities 17 June 2008 Wording for priority 31a has been altered
Proposal Assessment Criteria 13 June 2008 Guidance on assessment criteria published
Area Access Management Option 3 June 2008 Section on 'rate of support' updated
Argyll Regional Priorities - Biodiversity 3 June 2008 Removal of Mink control from priority number 11