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Local Meetings

Friday, February 19, 2016

SCF is coming to Barra and Benbecula! On Wednesday 24th February and Thursday 25th February, SCF will be hosting local meetings in Barra and Benbecula.

The meetings will have speakers on national issues, a Q&A session and discussion of local issues.As well as SCF's Patrick Krause the speakers include; Registers of Scotland's Rhona Elrick and Kay Dallas, Scottish Government's Lucy Carmichael and Crofting Commission's I G MacDonald.

For more information, please contact Maria Scholten at SCF 01599 530 003.

Young Crofters Angry At Delay In Payments

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The shambolic distribution of the new Basic Payments Scheme has angered young crofters as it appears only around 1% of crofters have received their first part payment from the Scottish Government.
“Winter is the worst time of year for delays to payments, with harsh weather and a poor crop this year meaning that many crofters will be struggling to feed stock.” said James Shewan, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation Young Crofters (SCFYC). “Tax returns were due in by the end of January, interest is being charged on non-payments of bills, there are charges on the necessary overdrafts from banks; Too many crofters are in financial hardship for this to continue.”
Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, announced in December that payments to the majority of farmers and crofters would reach bank accounts by the end of December, with the bulk of the remaining funds sent out by the end of January.
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Meeting With Lochhead Does Not Allay The Fears Of Crofters

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) was not satisfied by the explanations and solutions offered by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead, at a stakeholder meeting last Friday where he attempted to outline the background and the actions to cope with the apparent meltdown of the agricultural payments system.
Speaking for the SCF agriculture policy working-group, Brendan O’Hanrahan said, “The meeting was long over-due. Crofters are experiencing real hardship due to cash flow problems and credit drying up. The lack of information has exacerbated the problem, as this has meant many crofters have no idea how long they’re going to have to hang in there for.
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SCF Welcomes House Grant Uplift

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has welcomed the interim outcome of the review of the Croft House Grant Scheme and praised the Scottish Government for listening to, and acting on, the advice given.
“We have campaigned long and hard to have the croft house support scheme reviewed”, said the Chair of the SCF, Fiona Mandeville. “It was already falling behind inflation back in 2004 when the loan element was dropped and it became a grant-only scheme. Since then it has never been reviewed; and so was seriously devalued. On top of that it was not being targeted to those who really need it – young crofters.”
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