Crofting makes a valuable contribution to the economic and social development of Scotland.
In March 2021, our external auditor determined that it was appropriate to expand the scope of our annual statutory audit. This was discussed with Audit Scotland who confirmed that the scope of the audit should specifically consider ‘Governance and Transparency’ arrangements within the Commission. The context relating to the wider scope review can be located within our Governance Report section of our Annual Report & Accounts for 2020/21.
The report arising from this review was presented to the Commission’s Audit & Finance Committee on 1 June 2021, and subsequently to the Board on 3 June 2021. The report highlighted a number of recommendations on the actions required to improve various aspects of our Governance. The Commission has prepared and actioned an Improvement Plan to address the recommendations, including improving communication between the Senior Management Team (SMT), Board and The Scottish Government, enhancing leadership capacity, and clarifying the structure and function of the SMT. It is anticipated that the Improvement Plan will strengthen the Commission’s corporate governance framework. Excellent progress has been made to date with 75% of the Improvement Plan completed.
You can see our progress in this review here.
There are 21,186 crofts entered on the Commission’s Register of Crofts (ROC) of which 15,137 are tenanted and the remainder are owned. When a crofter purchases their croft land and the grazings shares pertaining to that croft remain held in tenancy, the shares are “deemed” to be a tenanted croft in their own right, and as such have a separate entry in the ROC. You can check the details of a croft through our ROC Online