Withdrawal of RET for hauliers
The Western Isles has more than one-third of all the registered crofts in Scotland which makes it an area of vital importance for the future wellbeing of crofting. Your colleague in the Scottish Government, Stewart Stephenson, has pledged to turn crofting from "a failing system" into a Scottish success story.
The Scottish Crofting Federation cannot understand how the anticipated dramatic increase in haulage charges that will result from removal of the RET scheme for hauliers to the Western Isles will contribute to meeting this pledge. Indeed, there is real fear among the islands' crofting communities that removing the RET scheme and replacing it with an inadequate discount scheme may cause chronic economic and social harm.
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