Defra has reviewed CS revenue payment rates based on current costs and made changes. The new rates on the attached document will apply to all Countryside Stewardship agreements from 1 January 2022.
Revenue agreements which begin on or before 1 January 2022
If you have a revenue agreement, or an application for a revenue agreement starting on or before 1 January 2022 then where the new rate has:
- increased, the new (higher) rate will be paid
- decreased, the existing (higher) rate shown on the signed agreement will be paid
- not changed, the existing rate shown on the signed agreement will be paid.
Revenue agreements which begin on or after 1 January 2023
For new agreements starting from 1 January 2023 all of the new revenue rates will apply.
Full details of the changes will be included in the relevant Countryside Stewardship scheme manuals, available on GOV.UK when the scheme opens in February 2022.
The Defra review related to payment rates for revenue options. There are no plans to change payment rates for capital options for 2022.