2023 is the final year of Cross Compliance and all rules must be followed by farmers receiving a single farm payment until 31 December of this year. From 1 January 2024
Cross Compliance ends as a sanction mechanism and will not apply to delinked payments. However, most cross compliance standards will continue to apply to farm activities as they are enshrined in other English laws. Defra has established a Farm Regulation Hub which lists all of the legal requirements for farmers and land managers. You can access the Hub on this page.
Defra is also looking at ways to fill the gaps in Cross Compliance rules which are not covered by current laws together with better ways of using existing enforcement tools. They have also run recent consultations on how to protect and manage hedgerows and improve livestock traceability.