Committee calls for views on crofting bill

10.05.2013

Legislation which will allow owner-occupiers to decroft their land will be scrutinised by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee.

Speaking as the Committee launch their call for views into the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, Convener Rob Gibson MSP said:

“This legislation is vital to crofters and will make sure there is a level playing field for tenants and owner-occupiers to decroft their land. 

“Given the impact this has on crofting communities, the Scottish Government want to move quickly to attempt to rectify the legal anomaly arising from the 2010 Act.

“To ensure there is no delay scrutinising this legislation, we ask those that want to give their views to do so as soon as possible.”

Background

The Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill was introduced on 9 May 2013. The Bill aims to address issues in the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 arising from amendments made by the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 which have left tenant and owner-occupiers not being treated equally in terms of their ability to decroft land.

To give evidence to the Committee please provide brief evidence in word format. The deadline is 17 May 2013 and submissions should be sent to [email protected].