Posted on 19 October 2015

Payments of ELS/HLS/OELS/UELS should be starting to reach some client’s bank accounts over the next few weeks but due to the high level of claims Natural England have to process they have until 31 December to make all payments.  In a recent press release they have said “Natural England do expect to keep their commitment to make all payments by the end of December”

If you are at the end of an ELS or UELS agreement you will not receive the normal half yearly payment. To complicate matters you will receive half of the half yearly payment and then the remainder has to be paid to you by end June 2016.  For example if your annual payment was £1,000 the half yearly payment would be £500.  By end of December you will receive £250 and a further £250 by June 2016.

Please note that once Natural England have approved your claim it can take up to 10 working days for the Rural Payments Agency to release your payment.

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