What is IACS?

The Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) outlines the rules in place for Scotland’s Single Application Form (SAF), which determines eligibility for support schemes including the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

Why submit a single application form (SAF)?

To be paid under the BPS and other Scottish support schemes, a SAF must be submitted annually, detailing information about your land use. 

While not every support scheme requires you to keep livestock or produce crops, you must make sure your land meets Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAECs). 

Inspections regularly take place to verify the information you set out in your SAF. If anything is found to contradict that information, you risk losing your funding, so it’s vital to get it right.

What happens after you submit a SAF?

After submitting a SAF, you can claim subsidies through the following schemes, depending on your land use circumstances:

Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)

Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS)

Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme (SSBSS)

Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSSS)

– Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP), which encompasses:

     – Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) and;

     – Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS)

Submitting a SAF

You can authorise an agent like Angus Davidson Ltd to submit a SAF on your behalf. This helps you to ensure accuracy and lets you focus on the more practical areas of land and agricultural management. 

Alternatively, you can submit a SAF online or in person. Learn more about submitting a SAF.

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