This consultation is split into three sections.
The sections will ask the respondent a number of questions on matters relating to the type of legislation that may be brought forward and priorities for crofting legislation. The questions are designed to give the Scottish Government an indication of the change that is wanted.
Section 1 explains the background of crofting, why this consultation exists and the current Scottish Government policy position on crofting as a whole. The aim is to find out what respondents think of current Scottish Government crofting policy.
Section 2 sets out the different types of legislation that the Scottish Government can take forward for crofting within this Parliamentary session. By showing what options are available, the aim is for respondents to consider what is needed from legislation in order to make the changes they wish to see for the future of crofting.
Section 3 presents a number of issues for crofting that might be addressed as part of legislative reform. These have been identified from several sources, including the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s 2017 report ‘Review of Priorities for Crofting Law Reform’, the Crofting Law Sump, ‘The Final Report of the Committee of Enquiry into Crofting’ (the Shucksmith Report) and the early engagement work carried out by the Scottish Government across the crofting areas.
The aim is for respondents to focus on what changes to crofting legislation are required to make crofting fit for the 21st century. Some changes that may be identified might be better pursued through non-legislative means (for example, the altering of crofting policy). Others may require to be looked at in terms of wider agricultural policy and regulations, or even wider Scottish Government policy areas.