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Additional funding will create jobs in the Western Isles

Crofting Commission Convener Rod Mackenzie said: “This is an important day for crofting and its future and we thank Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, for his recognition of the importance of crofting by giving the Crofting Commission this funding boost. This is extremely timely and will help us to further support and develop crofting, which in turn will enhance and assist our role as its regulator. This Board have always placed a high priority on ensuring that the precious asset of well-managed, well maintained and occupied crofts are supported especially in remote areas where the economy and the population levels are fragile. The longstanding values of crofting, such as effective land use, community and sustainability have been brought into sharp focus these past 4 months. Crofting has shaped the land use, demographics and culture of the Highlands and Islands since 1886 and still has a huge contribution to make in shaping the future of the Highlands and Islands for years to come. On behalf of my Board of commissioners, I am delighted that this funding will allow us to establish four permanent posts in the Western Isles. These posts will be an integral part of the Crofting Commission together with their colleagues in Inverness, but their presence in the islands will enable us to develop new and better ways of working with these communities. In the future, the Commission aspire to see this template of working extended to other crofting areas, when resources permit.”


Covid -19

The majority of our staff continue to work from home but we do now have some staff who are able to access our office, although the numbers are restricted due to social distancing measures. We will continue to give priority to applications that relate to statutory deadlines, or which concern a Crofting Register forms to notify the Commission that an event has taken place.

Approved Applications:

If you are a crofter who has had an application approved by the Commission within the last 3 months
Please read this important information regarding effecting Commission regulatory decisions.

Site visits are still not possible until the government eases the current restrictions on movement. Similarly, no hearings will take place until public meetings (with appropriate social distancing) can take place.

Where possible you should continue to contact us by email as although our reception line is operational it is not possible to transfer calls to staff who are working from home. However, staff will respond to any enquiries to our reception line by email.
November 2020.

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