The Scottish Parliament

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SCF response to ‘Stability and Simplicity: proposals for a rural funding transition period’, Scottish Government consultation

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has emphasised in its response to the government ‘Stability and Simplicity’ consultation that change is urgently needed in the agricultural and rural development payments regime in order to get a fair deal for crofters.

http://www.crofting.org/uploads/consultations/stabilityandsimplicity.pdf

SCF response to NCRA consultation July 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018

Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has submitted a response to the National Council of Rural Advisors’ consultation on rural development post-Brexit, branding it as shallow and lacking substance.

“It is all well and good to go over the same old issues of what is holding rural Scotland back” said Russell Smith, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF), “but we were hoping that this consultation would be about how Brexit will affect rural development in Scotland and what a Rural Economic Strategy will need to look like to cope with the inevitable changes. The remit of the National Council of Rural Advisors (NCRA) is ‘to provide evidence-based advice on the implications of Scotland leaving the EU and to recommend future actions that could sustain a vibrant and flourishing rural economy’. The consultation itself doesn’t frame any questions in the context of Brexit but rather focuses on problems that exist despite Brexit and doesn’t offer any suggested solutions to further problems that Brexit will bring. It therefore comes across as being shallow and lacking substance.”

http://www.crofting.org/uploads/consultations/scfncraresponse.pdf

Crofting Consultation 2017 A consultation on the future of crofting law

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The response we have had from our members and advisors to this consultation has been that they are, overall, disenchanted. The tone of the material is down-beat and negative: there is emphasis on duties rather than protection or development and questions asked in section 3 are confusing and irrelevant. The pictures used are patronising, which may seem trivial, but the choice of images speaks volumes. There is the perpetual hope that crofting legislation, and thereby Scottish Government, will interfere with crofting less and help it more.There seems to be a lack of specialist understanding of crofting or crofting law…..

The SCF’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on crofting law can be read in full here.

Self Regulation Of Current Crofting System To Meet Modern Need

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A discussion document raised on behalf of the Sleat General Grazings Committee.

Alastair Culbertson, Chairman, Sleat General Grazings Committee

Duncan MacDonald, Clerk, Sleat General Grazings Committee

Introduction

Crofters have long been daunted by the overwhelming volume and weight of the regulatory system and have been continually calling for the overburden of red tape to be reduced.

The current walls of bureaucratic administration are discouraging obstacles and many Crofters are deterred from venturing much for fear of the complexity of the administration involved. This breeds apathy with Committees falling ‘out of office’ and once this happens, Township Crofters are dispirited and less inclined to attempt a recovery of their position. Active Crofting suffers similarly. In order to keep up with current practice and grass-roots self-determination, Crofting needs a more approachable face than at present and heavy handed pedantry in its administration should be unnecessary.

Read the full document here.

SCF response to the CHGS

Thursday, April 02, 2015

SCF response to the Scottish Government consultation on the review of the Croft House Grant Scheme (CHGS) 2015.

Please read the SCF Response.

Please read the supporting papers .

SCF Response to Pillar 1 Payments Consulation

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The purpose of the consultation on the future of CAP direct payments (Pillar one) is to help the Scottish Government decide on how the direct payments are implemented from the 1st of January 2015. It covers all of the sections which will make up the future direct payments and will look at the options which are available to the Scottish Government when implementing these new rules.

There are four main sections to the consultation:

  • Basic Payments
  • Environmental Measures
  • Other Direct Payments
  • The Overall Package

This document is the Scottish Crofting Federation’s full response to the Scottish Government consultation on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Direct Payments in Scotland from 2015.

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The Future CAP Direct Payments Consultation Briefing

Friday, March 14, 2014

“Crofting is under threat, probably as never before” Patrick Krause, Scottish Crofting Federation

The purpose of the consultation on the future of CAP direct payments (Pillar one) is to help the Scottish Government decide on how the direct payments are implements from the 1st of January 2015. It covers all of the sections which will make up the future direct payments and will look at the options which are available to the Scottish Government when implementing these new rules.

The briefing will help to explain these options, which are the most relevant to crofting and what the implications could be for crofting and the Highlands and Islands. It is to inform members and to encourage you to submit your own response as well as contributing to the SCF’s own response. We are also encouraging members to get together in local groups to respond.

While it could be beneficial for all members to read and respond to the entire consultation we recognise that not everyone will have the time or ability to do this. We have therefore pulled out the sections and question which we feel are most important for you to respond to.

The deadline has been extended to the 28th of March 2014.

Link to consultation: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/12/5922

Link to response page: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/

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SCF Response to SRDP Stage 2 Consultation

Friday, March 07, 2014

SCF response to the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020 Stage 2 Consultation.

This consultation relates to ‘Pillar Two’ of the current Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform. Our response focuses on the issues most relevant to the crofting community.

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SRDP 2014-2020 Stage 2 Consultation Briefing

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Background

The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020 Consultation is the second stage consultation setting out the government’s vision for a new SRDP. This consultation and briefing relate to ‘Pillar Two’ of the current Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform.

The briefing sets out the issues most relevant to the crofting community and the SCF’s current thinking on the reforms. The purpose of the briefing is to inform members and to encourage you to submit your own response as well as contributing to the SCF’s response.

To get the consultations papers and respond please follow this link.

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SCF Response to the CAP Pillar 1 to Pillar 2 Transfer of Funds ‘mini-consultation’

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government’s proposal to transfer funds from pillar 1 to pillar 2. The SCF does not agree with the amount suggested in principle, though our reservations regarding pillar 2 will be obvious. We strongly disagree with the suggestion that LFASS will be used in the same way as it is currently and that CCAGS will be opened to non-crofters.

An overall objective of the CAP reform, we were told by the European Commission, is to move money away from direct payments and into rural development, where it can be targeted to achieve specific outcomes. With Scotland receiving the lowest rural development payments in Europe, it does seem anomalous that the full 15% transfer of funds from agricultural direct payments (pillar 1) to rural development (pillar 2) is being questioned and Scottish Government is minded to only transfer 9.5%.

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SCF response to Duty to Report

Saturday, December 07, 2013

SCF response to the Duty To Report Form issued by the Crofting Commission for consultation.

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SCF Response to Common Grazing Regulations Consultation

Friday, December 06, 2013

SCF Response to the Crofting Commission's Common Grazings Regulations Consultation.

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SCF Response to SRDP Stage 1 Consultation

Sunday, June 30, 2013

SCF response to the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020 Stage 1 Consultation.

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Submission to the Land Reform Review Group

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Woodland Crofts Partnership (WCP) is a partnership of 3 third-sector organisations seeking to promote and develop woodland crofts. It comprises the Scottish Crofting Federation, the Community Woodlands Association and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust. We welcome this opportunity to submit evidence to the Land Reform Review Group.

woodlandcrofts.pdf

SCF response to Crofting Commission Draft Plan Consultation

Monday, September 03, 2012

Thank you for inviting the SCF to read and comment on the draft of the first Crofting Commission Plan (The Plan). This was publicised to our members inviting input to an SCF response. We received many comments (which in itself was very encouraging) and this paper attempts to collate them into topic areas which may not be in the same order as in The Plan but hopefully has a logic that will enable understanding and possible use.

ccplanconsultation.pdf