ARCHIVE: Entry Level Stewardship Handbook 2005 (PB10355)

7.2    Penalties for breaches of agreements

If you breach your agreement, any future payments due may be withheld. Part or all of the payments already made may be reclaimed and interest charged covering the period between the date of notification and reimbursement. Your agreement may also be terminated. Where a serious breach has occurred you may be subject to an additional penalty of up to 10% of the amount paid or payable, and may be prohibited from entering a new agreement under this scheme or any other EU agri-environment scheme for up to two years.

Before penalties are imposed, you will be given a written explanation of the reasons for the proposed steps and an opportunity to make any written representations. A final decision will be made after taking all the circumstances of your case into account.

Please see appendix 5 for further information and a description of penalties that can apply to breaches of your agreement.

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