For example, where a preliminary check highlights a dual claim the response can
- Confirm that the applicant asserts the right to claim the dual claimed parcel, or
- Withdraw the relevant parcel without penalty where the land may have been inadvertently claimed.
Where a preliminary check identifies a dual claim, overclaim, or overlap, a notification will issue on the BPS online system – i.e. no paper based notification will issue.
Farmers and advisors should thus check the correspondence section of their BPS online account.
Where a farmer is signed up for text message alerts, a text will issue to advise them that they have a notification on their BPS account.
Where a farmer has applied online through an advisor, the advisor will receive notification via the BPS online account in respect of any of his / her clients where a preliminary check has identified a dual claim, overclaim or overlap.
Farmers who have applied through an advisor will also get a text message alert where they are signed up for this service.
What should I do if I get a notification arising from a preliminary check?
When a notification / text message alert of a preliminary check is received, you should
- Log into your BPS online account to read the notification. Where a preliminary check has identified a dual claim, overlap, or overclaim there will be a clear indication of this in the centre of the BPS homescreen.
- Farmers who have applied through an advisor should contact their advisor in relation to responding the preliminary check.
How do I respond to a preliminary check?
Where preliminary checks have identified an overclaim, overlap or dual claim, this will be clearly signalled on the homescreen of the BPS online application system.
A farmer or advisor can click the “View Preliminary Checks” button to see the detail in each case. It is important to note that
- A preliminary check can only be responded to once.
- In each instance, the farmer / advisor will be given the opportunity to either amend his/her original claim to take account of the preliminary check or to maintain the original claim. There will be instances where it is valid to maintain the original claim – for example, in the instance of a possible overclaim identified, where an area of scrub has been removed and brought back into agricultural use with a resultant increase in eligible area.
- Where a response to a preliminary check is sufficient to fully rectify the issue at hand, no penalty will apply.
- Further administrative checks will still need to be carried out on all applications and thus further issues and reductions/penalties may arise later in the process in respect of any application.
Will all online applicants get a notification of a preliminary check?
No. An action is only required of farmers / advisors where a preliminary check has identified a dual claim, overclaim or overlap on an application.