Defra are not currently proposing to make any changes to FWS and FWPS payment rates in England. Although both schemes are now closed to new entrants in England, there is still a requirement to report to Parliament at least once every five years.
Similarly, the Forestry Commission will not be adjusting the rates of Farm Woodland Payments made under EWGS.
A comprehensive review of grants will be required prior to the next Rural Development Programme in 2014, thus a full review will take place of all Farm Woodland grant rates around 2013 alongside the review of other Rural Development grants. It is likely these rates will have to be independently verified, primarily to ensure that no over-compensation is occurring.