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Crofting: a year past, the future to fight for

Thursday, December 22, 2016

At this time of year we look back over the past twelve months at what has happened and been achieved, and look forward to what we resolve for the year ahead. Last week the Scottish Crofting Federation said thanks to the out-going chair, Fiona Mandeville, as she stepped down on completion of her two year tenure. Fiona handed the role to Russell Smith who will be planning his two years ahead.

The Federation has achieved a great deal in the past two years, not least the pledges made by the SNP in their manifesto and recently confirmed by the Cabinet Secretary for crofting, Fergus Ewing MSP at the Cross Party Group on Crofting. The pledges mirror the ‘Five Actions for Crofting’ published by the SCF just before the Scottish election last May and the 5 priorities identified by the Scottish Government’s crofting stakeholder forum.

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SCF’s new chair urges crofters to “stand together under one banner”.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The newly appointed chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) outlined his plans for the work the SCF has to do in support of crofting over the coming two years.

At their board and council meeting last Friday, the SCF said thanks to the out-going chair, Fiona Mandeville, who stepped down on completion of her two year tenure. Fiona handed the role to Russell Smith, a crofter from Bonar Bridge in Sutherland.

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Operation Brexit

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Everything we do, everything we plan, all conversation about development, is now done relative to what the situation will be if and when we leave the European Union. We live in the shadow of Brexit. It is the great unknown, an amputation where the UK is the limb being cut off with the dream of thriving as an independent body. We don’t know how well the operation will go and what we will be post-op. We will survive, the consultants say, but will we thrive?

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