CAPIS stands for CAP Information Service which is the new online application and payment service for CAP Schemes set to replace paper claims for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in England. CAPIS is designed to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for everything CAP and the idea is that each customer will store all their personal and business information relating to their application on the site, saving them from entering the data again in years to come.
Although the online service is not yet live DEFRA is in the process of introducing the scheme to customers one group at a time by approaching them with an ‘invitation’ to register.
DEFRA is also rolling out the scheme to farming agents in a staged process over the coming weeks. Once registered on the new system agents will receive their own Customer Reference Number which they will be able to share with their clients in order that client can ‘link’ themselves with the agent. As with BPS there will be different levels of empowerment (called ‘permissions’) and the process of linking should be instantaneous. DEFRA has decided to approach agents with regard to registration prior to approaching their farming clients in order to facilitate the ‘linking process’ and we are told that it is likely to be late December or early January before farmers receive their registrations packs.
Farmers should also note that they will still need to register on the new system even if they decide to use an agent as both parties need to be registered to enable them the ‘linking’
Defra have published useful notes setting out commonly asked questions about the CAPIS scheme
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