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Commission urges Crofters to complete Census before deadline


The Commission is reminding crofters that they are legally obliged to complete and return the second Crofting Census, which was issued at the end of last year, to the Crofting Commission by the 31 March 2016.

The Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 requires crofters to complete the Crofting Census each year and if they fail to provide the information without reasonable cause, by the date shown or knowingly provide false information they will be guilty of an offence under this Act. 

The 2015 Crofting Census forms have been well received with many crofters understanding the benefit of providing the information and helping to establish a clear picture of the current state of crofting. 

Chief Executive of the Crofting Commission, Catriona Maclean, explains:

“I would like to thank all of those crofters who have returned their Crofting Census forms so far.  We have received over 10,000 completed census forms already which is a 53% return rate.  The returns allow us to build a strong evidence base for the value of crofting and ensure that the information held on our Register of Crofts is as accurate as possible. 

“The Census also helps to identify if a crofter is not fulfilling their duties and the Commission can work with those crofters, providing guidance and assistance to help them solve their own non-compliance. 

“The Census forms are quick and easy to complete. If crofters require any support or guidance in completing their Census forms I would urge them to contact the Commission or visit our website.”

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Covid -19

The Commission is now accepting new applications, but as all staff continue to work from home and the office remains closed, these will be processed more slowly than usual. Any applications that relate to statutory deadlines, or which concern a Crofting Register form to notify the Commission that an event has taken place, will be given priority over other applications.

Where applications require a site visit, it will not be possible for any site visit to be carried out until the government eases the current restrictions on movement.Where any application involves a hearing, no hearings will take place until the current restrictions on movement are eased and the government has advised that public meetings (with appropriate physical distancing) can take place.

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You can continue to contact us by email and although we are now in a position to deal with phone calls to our reception line, few staff have access to work phones to make return calls and therefore the service will be limited. We would therefore ask that you continue to contact us via email.

The Commission understands that this is a difficult time for all concerned, but we wish to reassure crofters and their agents that we will continue to work to restore normal levels of service. It is unlikely that this can be fully restored until the government permits offices to reopen and for various restrictions on movements and meetings to be eased.
20 May 2020.

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