Defra and RPA have produced new guidance on cross compliance for 2013 covering areas such as the Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs), Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC), responsibility for the actions of others, landowners and graziers, etc. The Guide to Cross Compliance in England is also available as an e-version through our website (see table below and the link on the left) along with printer-friendly sections of the publication and the e-Appendices referred to in the Guide’s footnotes. Additionally, the link on the right will take you to the Defra cross compliance website that provides, amongst other material, background information on cross compliance.
The handbooks do not take the place of the law and the precise rules are set out in the legislation.
Cross compliance publications include:
A single pdf copy of The Guide to Cross Compliance in England (2013 edition) will be available through the SPS 2013 Forms and Guidance page.
Previous cross-compliance guidance can be found on the Previous Guidance page.
Cross compliance legislation includes:
* Council Regulation (EC) No 73/2009 repealed Council Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 from 1 January 2009.
† Commission Regulation (EC) No 1122/2009 repealed Commission Regulation (EC) No 796/2004 from 1 January 2010.
‡ Statutory Instrument 2009/3365 revoked Statutory Instrument 2009/3264 from 15 January 2010.
§ Statutory Instrument 2010/2941 amended Statutory Instrument 2009/3365 from 1 January 2011.
¶ Statutory Instrument 2012/66 amended Statutory Instrument 2009/3365 from 13 February 2012.
The Defining stone walls of historic and landscape importance final report gives further information and guidance relating to Stone walls (GAEC 13):
If you need technical advice or assistance about cross compliance, please phone the Farming Advice Service between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday on 0845 345 1302 or visit the website at www.defra.gov.uk/farming-advice
Non-technical questions relating to cross compliance can be addressed to the RPA Customer Service Centre:
Customer Service Centre - 0845 603 7777
Customer Service Centre
Rural Payments Agency
PO Box 1058
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Page published: 15 January 2013