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News Release: Crofting Federation offers proposals for taking crofting forward

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has responded to the Scottish Government ‘Crofting Consultation 2017’ with a clear set of proposals to form new fit-for-purpose legislation before 2021, the end of this government term.

“There are a range of possibilities being talked about”, said Russell Smith, the chair of the SCF, “ranging from doing nothing to starting all over again with completely new law. Having consulted with our members over a long period of time it is clear that crofters do not want to lose any of their existing protection and rights and therefore want existing law, law that has evolved over many years, to be made fit for purpose. There is the perpetual hope that crofting legislation will interfere with crofting less and help it more…...... Read more here

SCF Response to Crofting Consultation 2017 - A consultation on the future of crofting law

Monday, November 20, 2017

SCF Response to Crofting Consultation 2017 - A consultation on the future of crofting law

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Crofting Consultation 2017. The Scottish Crofting Federation is the only organisation solely dedicated to campaigning for crofters and fighting for the future of crofting. Its mission is to safeguard and promote the rights, livelihoods and culture of crofters and their communities.

Working through its membership structure it can respond authoritatively to agencies and government officials at local, national and international levels on the many issues affecting crofting and crofting communities.

The response we have had from our members and advisors to this consultation has been that they are, overall, disenchanted. The tone of the material is down-beat and negative: there is emphasis on duties rather than protection or development and questions asked in section 3 are confusing and irrelevant. The pictures used are patronising, which may seem trivial, but the choice of images speaks volumes…... Read the full response here.

Crofting Law Consultation 2017 closes at midnight

Monday, November 20, 2017

​The Crofting Law Consultation closes at midnight Monday 20th November. Responses can be made online here.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

​Drop in Crofting Surgery Thursday 16th November

Drop In 10.30-12.30 or book an appointment 12.30-14.00- All Welcome

Shetland Crofters Open Meeting

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Hosted by SCF Chair, Russell Smith and CE Patrick Krause

Wednesday 8th November

Town Hall Chamber, Lerwick 7.00pm

All welcome

News Release: There are opportunities for crofting agriculture and rural development post-Brexit says Federation

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has sent a post-Brexit agriculture and rural development policy position outlining a vision for crofting to key government ministers and politicians emphasising the opportunity for change.

“This paper sets out the current SCF position for agriculture post-Brexit,” said Russell Smith, Chair of the SCF. “We cannot be definitive on a final position as the destination for the UK is still far from clear. Nor does this paper discuss how these aims are to be achieved as that is part of the negotiation process.

“What Scottish agriculture and rural development will look like post-Brexit is on everyone’s minds”, continued Smith, “but we believe that it is vital to maintain agriculture in the remote and less favoured areas of the Highlands & Islands because of the public goods it provides, including preservation of the landscape, environmental protection, economic activity, population retention and quality food production. Read more here


Friday, September 29, 2017

Call in to SCF Office, Kyle on Thursday 5th October

10.30-12.30 or if you would prefer an appointment call 01599 530005

Tea, coffee and all your crofting questions

SCF Post Brexit Position

Friday, September 29, 2017

​This paper sets out the initial thoughts of SCF on Post Brexit options for agricultural and rural development, including Trade; Support; Animal Welfare and Environmental Protection.

The paper can be viewed here.

SCF welcomes government commitment to continue crofting legislation reform

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has welcomed the Scottish Government commitment to continue the process reforming crofting legislation within this parliamentary session, as indicated by the consultation launched this week.

“This is another stage in the long process of crofting law reform,” said Russell Smith, Chair of the SCF, “and we are pleased that the Scottish Government is taking this forward. Following the 1993 consolidation act there have been several amendments to crofting legislation but this is still unfinished business. The addition of subsequent layers of legislation, and the fact that amendments have introduced further inconsistencies and errors, has rendered current crofting law difficult to access and, in some aspects, unusable.

Read more…...


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SCF CROFTING SURGERY: Old and new members welcome. Tea and Coffee.


WHEN: Thursday 31st August Drop in 10.30am-12.30pm: Appointments 12.30pm-2.30pm. Please call 01599 530005, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you wish to book an appointment.

SCF perspective on the ewe hogg scheme

Thursday, August 03, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has broadly agreed with the NFUS on the necessity to curb the excessive claiming on the Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSSS) by some large farms and has offered further suggestions for improvement.

Read more ......

Scottish Crofting Federation welcomes croft relets and urges more to be done

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has welcomed the Crofting Commission’s announcement that five croft tenancies have been relet to new tenants, and that a further five are shortly also to have new tenants. Read more .......


Monday, July 17, 2017

At the recent SCF Board meeting it was agreed that the young crofter rate of £31.50 would be extended to those aged 40 and under. If you know a “young crofter” who is not a member please pass on this news. The future of crofting is dependent on young crofters and as the only organisation solely dedicated to campaigning for crofters and fighting for the future of crofting, now is the time for young crofters to join.


Friday, July 07, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation invites you to its first Ullapool Crofting Surgery for SCF members and drop in session for new members

Place: SCF Office, Unit 1a Latheron Lane (above the old Hydro Shop), Ullapool

Time: from 10.30 – 12noon members and new members welcome, surgery from 12 noon to 2.30pm

Please note surgery appointments must be made by calling Sandra at SCF HQ 01599 530 005, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tea and coffee will be served. We look forward to welcoming old and new members.


Friday, July 07, 2017

Crofting - the landscape, the people, the animals

Our popular notecards, sold on the Scottish Crofting Enterprise website are running out. The new cards will feature images that reflect the crofting way of life. To enter, simply send your photographs in digital format to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) along with the title of entry; name; brief description and age (if under 16).

The closing date for entries is 31st October. Full entry details, including terms and conditions, can be found at here , or call HQ on 01599 530005.