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SCF calls for moratorium on sporting rates demands

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) calls on local authorities to halt inappropriate demands for payment of rates from crofters on sporting rights which they do not have and to declare a moratorium until this has been sorted out.

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SCF Welcomes Government Loan

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has welcomed the advance loan for less favoured areas provided by Scottish Government and urges crofters to take advantage of it.

“Crofters rely on the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme,” said Chair of the SCF, Russell Smith, “in fact the scheme was designed specifically to help marginalised areas of Europe that typically are inhabited by crofters or hill farmers. It is therefore helpful that the Scottish Government have again provided a loan scheme to ensure that payments are made quickly and the benefits of money circulating in the local economy are felt as soon as possible.”

Delays have been experienced in getting the Less Favoured Areas payments out in previous years, which has caused hardship to some crofters. Owing to specific EU rules around governments making advance payments on EU schemes, Scottish Government are making the offer of loans from domestic funding, which is not controlled by EU rules, in order to ensure that money is available.

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Russell Smith, SCF Chair meets MPs Ian Blackford and Jamie Stone

Monday, February 05, 2018

Russell Smith and Ian Blackford

With Brexit again dominating the headlines Russell Smith, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation, has met with Highland MPs Ian Blackford and Jamie Stone to put forward the SCF’s views on the way forward. The MPs have both agreed to pass on the SCF post-Brexit ideas to Michael Gove Secretary of State for the Environment.