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MSPs call for new crofting law fit for 21st century

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A Holyrood report has called on the Scottish Government to produce a new crofting bill which meets the needs of modern crofting communities.

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MSPs call for new crofting law which meets the needs of modern crofters

The MSPs on the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee who produced the report have said the new law needs to address as many crofting issues as possible and be passed by 2021.

 

Convener of the committee, Edward Mountain MSP, said: “Several crofting acts have been passed in recent years, making some useful changes but without fully dealing with all of the issues the crofting communities are keen to see addressed.

 

“A lot of work has already been done by crofting stakeholders to identify what the priority issues are, and the committee feels that a new bill is required which deals with these in a comprehensive manner.

 

“We also agree with many of our witnesses, who told us before identifying what should be delivered from legislative reform, the Scottish Government needs to develop a clear policy setting out the role crofting is expected to play in the 21st century.”

 

Key measures

 

Key measures the MSPs have called for include exploring the possibility of using common grazings for the creation of crofts for new entrants, completing mapping of common grazings, examining whether there is any scope to simplify managing cases of absenteeism or neglect of crofts and properly defining the responsibilities of elected crofting commissioners.

 

NFU Scotland gave a cautious welcome to the report, saying it would help the Scottish Government to reform crofting law, but added there was an ‘imperative need’ for a National Development Plan.

 

Sandy Murray, the union’s crofting Highlands and Islands committee chairman said: “Any new crofting bill should not be rushed through. It needs to be well-thought out and crofters fully consulted to avoid any late amendments which are not supported by crofters being added.”

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