ROSS CALLS FOR CLARITY ON CROFTING REFORM
The SNP’s Gail Ross, Member of The Scottish Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, has today (Tuesday 2nd of May), called on the Scottish Government to consolidate, simplify and clarify the legislation and structure of Scottish crofting.
Ms Ross concluded the debate on Crofting Reform in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 2nd of May, which included contributors from all sides of the Scottish political spectrum, where the general consensus was that support, guidance and reformation must come as soon as possible to ensure that crofting can be successful and sustainable in the future.
Speaking after the debate, Gail said:
“The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee hopes that its report and the debate in Parliament have been helpful in setting the scene for the huge amount of detailed work that lies ahead in reforming crofting legislation and producing a Crofting Bill which meets the needs of today’s crofting communities and fit the modern practises of crofting.”
“I call on the Scottish Government to commit to ensuring the new Crofting Bill timetable will be structured to ensure parliamentary scrutiny and will be completed in plenty of time before the end of the parliamentary session.”
“We have stakeholders in the crofting sector who are fully engaged, crofters themselves, crofting law experts, the Crofting Commission. We have a cross party consensus in the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee and as we saw today across the chamber, agreement in the Scottish Parliament that we need to see improvements in crofting policy and legislation. We also have commitment from the Scottish Government to a National Development Plan for Crofting and a crofting bill.”
We must harness this investment and commitment and work towards building a solid policy and legislative base on which to build a vibrant and sustainable future for the crofting sector. We must send the message that our crofting communities are valued and that we will support them.”