ARCHIVE: Entry Level Stewardship Handbook 2005 (PB10355)

2.3    How to fill in your application form and mark your maps (cont)

2.3.5    Step 5: Check that you have met your points target

You will need:

  • Annexes 1 and 2 and section 3 of the application form

Once you have chosen your options and completed Step 4, you should calculate the total points accumulated.

  1. Transfer your total ELS points from annex 1 and annex 2 (including any continuation sheets) to the corresponding boxes in table B of section 3.
  2. Add totals from annex 1 and annex 2 to determine your Total Points and record this in table B. This figure must meet or exceed your Total Points Target (table A of section 3) to make you eligible for the scheme.

Remember that you are responsible for ensuring that all the options listed at annex 1 and 2 of your application form are delivered. This information forms the basis of your agreement with Defra.

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2.3.6    Step 6: Choose your agreement start date

You will need:

  • Section 2 of the application form

Your farming system and choice of options may influence the time of year when you would like your agreement to start. At section 2 of your application form you can select your preferred agreement start date or simply opt for the next one available.

Agreements will automatically be given the earliest possible start date unless you specify a particular one. However, to guarantee a particular start date, your application must be submitted to RDS by the appropriate application deadline.

For 2005, the agreement start dates, and corresponding application deadlines, are available from your RDS office and on the internet at RDS contact details are provided at appendix 6 of this handbook.

For 2006 and following years, the agreement start dates, and corresponding application deadlines are as follows:

Application deadline Agreement start date
30 September 1 February
31 December 1 May
31 March 1 August
30 June 1 November
2.3.7    Step 7: Declarations and undertakings

You will need to study sections 2 and 4 of the application form carefully.

Please read, complete and sign the declaration at section 4 of your application form.

If you wish to make a countersigned application (see section 1.2.3 of this handbook), you will need to get the relevant person (e.g. the freehold owner, your landlord, the person whose land you farm) to complete section 2 of the application form and sign the declaration in that section.

If necessary, you can authorise your agent to submit an application on your behalf by completing form ERDP/AUTH1. This form is available from your RDS office, and also available to download from the Defra website at RDS contact details are provided in appendix 6 of this handbook.

Please return the following to your RDS office in the envelope provided with your application pack:

  • Your completed and signed application form
  • Annexes 1 and 2 of your application form
  • Your Farm Environment Record map marked with your FER features
  • Your Options map marked with the options you have chosen

If you are making an application for common land you will also need to complete and return the relevant form (see section 1.2.5 of this handbook).

You are advised to retain a copy of your completed application form.

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