In order to participate in the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme, an individual must apply for the Scheme by ticking the appropriate box when submitting their application for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) online.
Where an applicant did not tick the box to apply for the scheme when making their 2019 application, they were presented during the application process with a screen message to advise that they had not ticked the box to apply for the scheme. This message required the applicant to explicitly choose whether they wished to apply or not for the ANC Scheme. The online system required this confirmation to be completed before continuing with the submission of the BPS application.
The named individual did not apply for the 2019 ANC Scheme as part of the BPS application process. The BPS application was submitted online on 15th April 2019.
Communication has been made with the named individual advising that they may submit an appeal in writing to my Department requesting to be allowed to apply for the 2019 ANC scheme and outlining any relevant information in support of their appeal, along with providing any documentation that may support their appeal.
Should the named individual submit an appeal, this appeal will be reviewed by my Department and a response advising of the outcome of the appeal will issue to the named individual.
The named individual did apply for participation in the ANC scheme for 2020 when submitting their BPS application on the 23rd April 2020. This application is being processed by my Department in the normal manner.