NEWS RELEASE: Crofting support is shown to be lacking, says Federation

Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has welcomed the research report ‘Support for Crofting’ released today by the Crofting Commission, saying it demonstrates that crofting support is lacking and needs to be redesigned.

“This impartial and well-presented research clearly shows that existing support mechanisms do not work as well as they could for crofting” said Russell Smith, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF). “The researcher, Gwyn Jones, examines what works and what does not, and goes on to make recommendations on how support can be improved. This is very timely with the interim phase to agricultural and rural development support being explored in the Scottish Government consultation ‘Stability and Simplicity’, and with the on-going discussions being held on what the Scottish rural support system will look like post-Brexit.

Mr Smith went on, “We are very pleased that the Crofting Commission has taken the initiative to have this research carried out under their remit to ‘promote the interests of crofting and to keep under review matters relating to crofting’ and they selected a very experienced and applied consultant to do the job. It demonstrates a proactive Commission that is willing to be more than just a regulator. We welcome this development of the government agency for crofting.” Read in full here ….

Article by SCF

30 July 2018

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