Scottish Derogation

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Scottish Derogation

The Scottish Derogation allows farmers who did not establish entitlements under the SFP  but who actively farmed in 2013 to establish entitlements.

The Scottish Derogation Provision of the Basic Payment Scheme relates to active farmers who, for a variety of reasons, did not establish entitlements under the Single Payment Scheme and consequently do not hold an Allocation Right for the purposes of establishing entitlements under the Basic Payment Scheme.

This provision was only available to those who undertook their agricultural activity within the beef, dairy, sheep or arable sectors in 2013.

The closing date for receipt of applications under the Scottish Derogation was 29th May, 2015


To be eligible for the Scottish Derogation, you must meet the definition of “active farmer” in 2015 but must never have held entitlements, either owned or leased, under the Single Payment Scheme.

You must have been actively farming in the Beef, Dairying, Sheep or Arable sectors on 15 May 2013.


The number of entitlements allocated to a qualifying person under the Scottish Derogation will be based on the number of eligible hectares declared in 2013 or the number of eligible hectares declared in 2015, whichever is lesser.

Those persons who qualify under the Scottish Derogation will be allocated an Initial Unit Value in 2015 based on the first step of the convergence process. This value will be converged upwards so that by 2019 the value will equal 60% of the national average entitlement value.

Payments will be made on December 1st each year.


Applicants under the Scottish Derogation may be subject to inspection in the form of spot checks or administrative checks to prove eligibility – Find full information on inspections here

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