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SCF Calls On Scottish Government To Oust Convener

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has called on the Cabinet Secretary for crofting, Fergus Ewing, to halt the waste of public money and to oust the Crofting Commission Convener, Colin Kennedy, following his stated intention to stay.

“This dreadful humiliation of crofting regulation and complete waste of public money has got to stop”, said Fiona Mandeville, Chair of the SCF. “In his latest statements to the media, Mr Kennedy has said that he intends to stay in place as Convener of the Crofting Commission. He still refutes any wrong doing and claims to have operated within the law, despite the fact that lawyers and the Cabinet Secretary for crofting, who is himself from a legal background, have said he is wrong. That is some arrogance.

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Commission Convener’s Position A Farce

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) have expressed bewilderment that the Convener of the Crofting Commission is still in place despite it being clear that he now stands alone.

“The Crofting Commission board meeting last week was certainly an eye-opener”, said Russell Smith, Vice-chair of the SCF. “It quickly became apparent that the Convener had lost the support of his board and it came as no surprise that he left the meeting with his tail between his legs. What is astounding though is that he still has not resigned. What does it take for him to get the message?”

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Federation Urges Crofters To Take Government Loan

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has urged crofters to take the Scottish Government agricultural payments loan, despite the confusion caused by some erroneous notification letters.

“It is now known that some of the Scottish Government letters that went out to producers inviting them to apply for a loan in lieu of payments gave incorrect figures”, said SCF’s chair, Fiona Mandeville, “but it is important that crofters are not deterred from putting their claim in.”

Ms Mandeville continued, “The loan offer has been made available to cover for the IT system that has caused so much angst, but our understanding is that the cause of this recent confusion is something else. The error was spotted quickly and officials are rectifying it and will notify those affected. We are told it is completely safe for producers to apply for the loan; regardless of incorrect figures in the letters, they will get the correct amount of money.

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