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Crofting funding welcomed

April 25, 2017




The SNP’s Gail Ross, member of the Scottish Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, has today, Monday 24th of April, welcomed the news that over £948,000 has been awarded by the Scottish Government to help crofters in some of Scotland’s most rural and remote communities to benefit from better housing.


The scheme will assist crofters to build or improve homes, helping to retain and attract people to rural communities.


Confirming the awards, Rural Economy Fergus Ewing said:


“High quality housing is essential for crofters and this round of awards will make a real difference to the 29 crofters and their families receiving a grant. Attracting people, particularly young families, to our most remote and rural communities is essential for their long-term sustainability. I am determined to help people live in crofting areas, where there are often few opportunities and the Croft House Grant has proved successful in doing just that.


“I have already increased the funding available through the grant scheme by £600,000. These grants enable more crofters to upgrade or build new properties helping them to fulfil their duty to live on or close to their croft. And they also help to boost the wider local economy, creating opportunities for local construction and trade businesses.


Adding Ms Ross said:

“I’m delighted with this announcement. Rural quality housing is a major issue in our constituency and this fund will be a fantastic resource for crofters.”


“For rural communities to survive and thrive we need investment directed where it’s needed most. I congratulate the Scottish Government on this initiative.”


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