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Letter to the Minister of the Environment

Friday, April 29, 2016

Open letter from SCF to Minister regarding commission behaviour.

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Open letter to the Crofting Commission

Friday, April 29, 2016

Open letter from SCF board to commissioners regarding the treatment of grazings committees.

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Crofting grazings put in jeopardy

Friday, April 29, 2016

Article from Hebridean Events by Patrick Krause, SCF Chief Executive.

You may recall my column last month ‘Crofting Under Attack’, listing several issues where crofting on the islands is being threatened, either directly or by neglect. Now we have an astonishing assault on crofting by the crofting regulator itself, which recently launched a campaign against grazings committees resulting in the sacking at least two of them. This has taken place on Lewis but the implications are far reaching.

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SCF Welcomes SNP Pledge To Action Crofting Priorities

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

​The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has welcomed the recently published SNP manifesto pledges which respond to the ‘Five Actions for Crofting’ issued by the Federation in the run-up to the Scottish elections.

SCF Chair, Fiona Mandeville, said, “Having issued our ‘Five Actions for Crofting’, a challenge to all parties at the start of the Scottish election campaign, we are delighted to see that the SNP has taken note and responded with pledges on all we asked for. The priorities we published are: target financial incentives; simplify crofting legislation; make crofts available; increase affordable croft housing and deliver crofting development.

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SCF Calls On Commission To Explain Directive

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has called on the Crofting Commission to explain its extraordinary decision to dissolve a grazings committee following a grievance raised against the convener.

“This is a very alarming incidence for crofting,” Chief Executive of the Scottish Crofting Federation, Patrick Krause, said. “We are not in possession of all the facts that have led to the Crofting Commission taking the extraordinary step of dissolving a grazings committee, which is something unprecedented as far as I know. So SCF’s concern is directed towards the broader issue of what this says for decision-making within the commission and what this does to the relationship between crofters and the regulator.

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AECS Application Deadline Extended To Monday 25 April

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

​The Rural Payments and Inspections Division has today, Wednesday 20th April, announced that the deadline for submitting applications has been extended to Monday 25th Aptil 2016. The deadline for submitting supporting documents remains as 16 May 2016.

Crofters Are Warned Of Drop In Sheep Payment

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has learned that crofters are being informally warned by government officials to not expect the full ewe hogg payment as the scheme is over-subscribed.

SCF vice-chair Russell Smith said, “We have been told that the ewe hogg scheme has far more applications than were originally expected due to larger upland farms having retained greater numbers of hoggs than they would usually in order to get the payment. This is their right of course, but it means that the money that was touted as the ‘top-up’ to the dismal basic payment on rough grazing of around £7 per hectare will be watered down. This was to be expected surely – if Scottish Government offers payments on a headage basis then crofters and farmers retain more eligible stock. It is an obvious consequence of subsidy manipulation.”

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Highland Self-Build Loans Available

Monday, April 04, 2016

Looking to build a home in the Highlands? Applications are now being accepted for a £4m loan fund, the Highland Self Build pilot.

This is operated by the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government. The pilot is a two year initiative, which seeks to address potential market failure in the lending market towards self and custom build and to provide case studies for engagement with mainstream lenders. It will be available to anyone who wishes to build a home in the Highland Council area.

Loan funding up to £150,000 is available. The loan funding will be repaid upon completion of the project and confirmation of secured private lending by the applicant.

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