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SCF Meets Cabinet Secretary To Discuss Urgent Issues

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) met with Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary with remit for crofting, yesterday to discuss the big issues in crofting: what an EU divorce means for crofting and resolution of the Crofting Commission crisis.

“The impending divorce from the EU is causing a great deal of anxiety for most of Scotland”, Chair of SCF, Fiona Mandeville, said, “and no less for crofters. What will it mean for the CAP and subsequent support for crofting?

“We had a very positive meeting with Mr Ewing yesterday to discuss this. We accept that it is impossible to know exactly how things will pan out, but were left feeling reassured that the Scottish Government’s commitment to crofting is intact. SCF is keen that all agriculture policy decisions are taken by the Scottish Government should the separation from Europe go through. This seems to us the only way to obtain proper recognition and support for crofting within a system designed by Scottish agriculture for Scottish agriculture.

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SCF Reiterates Call For Review

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has reiterated its call on Scottish Ministers to intervene in the crofting common grazings debacle and to instigate an external examination of the Crofting Commission, following revelations of a cover-up.

“’The Crofting Commission are lying to us’ would perhaps be too strong an accusation” the chair of the SCF, Fiona Mandeville, said, “but it is clear that they are spinning distortions. Saying one thing and then trying to hide the evidence that they have indeed said something else in the past is duplicitous to say the least.

“This has gone far enough” Ms Mandeville continued. “It seems we can no longer hope that the Commission will come clean and will behave honourably. We have encouraged the Commission all along to allay the fears of crofters and to try to rebuild confidence. With the recent public statements they at last appeared to be moving around to the right direction, but with this ‘cover-up’ exposed they have now drastically reduced confidence further. We reiterate our petition that the Scottish Ministers intervene and ensure that an impartial examination of the Commission’s recent conduct is carried out by a competent external body.

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Job Opportunity

Monday, June 06, 2016

We are currently looking for Training and Development Managers and Training Administrators.

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF), is the only member-led organisation dedicated to the promotion of crofting and is pleased to announce the start of a new Training Project beginning 1 July 2016. Skills Boost is a 3 year project and we are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic staff to join our team. Applicants will need to be conversant with vocational rural training in the Highlands and Islands and a knowledge of working in third sector organisations would be advantageous. Past experience of managing and administering large European Projects is essential as is the ability to start employment on 1 July 2016.

We invite letters of application with supporting CVs from interested parties. For copies of the Job Descriptions and Person Specifications please email Katrine Fogt on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or telephone 01599 530005. Closing date 17 June 2016.

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