Economic condition of crofting: 2019 to 2022

This is a report to the Scottish Parliament as outlined in the terms of section 51 of the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, reflecting the economic condition of crofting and the measures taken by the Scottish Ministers, the Crofting Commission and others to support crofting during 2019 to 2022.

29. Crofting Legislation

29.1. During the previous Parliamentary session, work on crofting law reform was suspended as a result of Brexit preparations. However, Scottish Government officials, in partnership with the Crofting Commission, continued to explore non-legislative solutions to crofting issues.

29.2. The 2021 SNP manifesto contained a commitment to reform the law and develop crofting to create more active crofts. In May 2022, the Crofting Bill Group was reinstated to consider crofting legislation. The Group is composed of stakeholders including the Scottish Crofting Federation, National Farmers' Union of Scotland, Crofting Commission, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Registers of Scotland, Law Society of Scotland, crofting Solicitors and others. The issues being considered include those raised by the previous Bill Group in 2016-2018, and any additional changes that the Crofting Commission may wish to propose to make crofting regulation less onerous for crofters and the Commission.



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