Farmers and landowners claiming Single Farm Payment (SFP) must ensure that the land they put on the Single Application Form this year is eligible land area.

The number of claimants in 2013 who received penalties for claiming on ineligible features, such as dense unmanaged rush, scrub or unmanaged woody heather, is up 33% from previous years. There has also been a similar increase in the number of claimants who received no payment in 2013 at all.