Crofters in the past have traditionally suffered from poor housing conditions. Crofting tenure requires the crofter to provide their own house although they do not own the land on which the house is built and this can preclude access to conventional forms of housing finance. This is consistent with the Scottish Governments policy of maintaining population in areas of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, which suffer from disadvantages of scale, terrain, climate and remoteness.
The purpose of the Scheme is to improve and maintain the standards of crofter housing with the aim of attracting and retaining people in the more remote areas of the Highlands and Islands.
For further information visit the Rural Payments and Services website.