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SCF welcomes pledge of action plan for Commission governance

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SCF has welcomed the pledge by Scottish Government to put in place an action plan to address the failures highlighted by the governance review of the Crofting Commission.

“The governance review of the Crofting Commission, instigated by Scottish Government at our request, has exposed many weaknesses in basic operating procedures and in how the organisation copes with extraordinary individual behaviours”, said Russell Smith, Chair of the SCF. “The review has made it clear that a robust Commissioner appraisal process is required, to help identify and deliver ongoing training and skills development. We are particularly keen to see a rationalisation of the roles of Commissioners, establishing when they should be delegating to the executive staff or referring to other bodies that have the required expertise. Commissioners should have a strategic and advisory capacity only. It is clear that they got too involved with executive procedures that they did not have the competence or remit for. Read more here ....

Crofters gather to discuss implications of Brexit

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) will hold its 2017 Annual Gathering, with the theme ‘Crofting’s Place in Europe’, on 10th and 11th March in Applecross, Wester Ross. The event aims to set a crofting agenda for the upcoming Brexit negotiations and a post-Brexit agricultural policy that is fit for crofting.

“The importance of the topic is reflected in the attendance of two members of the Scottish Government Cabinet,” said Russell Smith, chair of the SCF. “On Friday the Cabinet Secretary responsible for crofting, Mr Fergus Ewing MSP, will officially open the gathering with an address placing crofting in the context of Scotland’s rural development. On Saturday Dr Michael Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, will open the day and the session on generating priorities for the Brexit agenda. Read more here….

SCF Annual Gathering 2017

Monday, February 06, 2017

SCF will hold its 2017 Annual Gathering, with the theme Crofting’s Place in Europe, on 10th and 11th March, noon to noon, in Applecross, Wester Ross.

The event aims to set a crofting agenda for the upcoming Brexit negotiations and a post-Brexit agricultural policy that is fit for crofting. Read more here…..

Crofting Federation cheered by number of candidates for commission elections

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) welcomed the high number of nominations for the Crofting Commission elections citing it as a very positive sign for crofting.

“The number of people willing to stand as candidates for the forthcoming Crofting Commission elections is very heartening,” said Russell Smith, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation. It shows that crofters care about the survival of crofting and the Crofting Commission. There is a resilience within the crofting community and the will to move on. Read more…

Young crofters struggle to get started due to land prices and lack of finance

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation Young Crofters say that the lack of access to land and finance affect them too, in the wake of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) report ‘Future for Young Farmers’.

“Lack of access to land and finance are seriously handicapping the future of crofting”, Donald MacKinnon, a young crofter and director of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF), said. “It is very good that RBS have carried out such a large survey and produced a report highlighting how difficult it is for young farmers to get hold of land or finance. It is the same in crofting with young folk who wish to croft being kept out by existing unworked crofts being sat on, potential land for new crofts not being identified and borrowing money on croft land being almost impossible.”

The report from the Royal Bank of Scotland - Harvesting the Future for Young Farmers identified three key challenges: Read more ...