The Crofting Commission welcomed the news that on 31st July, Royal Assent was granted to the Crofting (Amendment)(Scotland) Act 2013. This amendment to the 2010 Crofting Reform Act now allows the Commission to accept applications to decroft land from owner-occupier crofters.
The Act brings provisions for owner-occupier crofters in line with those for tenant crofters, which accords with the original intention of Parliament when passing the 2010 Act. The full text of the Act can be viewed on the Scottish Parliament website.
Speaking for the Commission, Convener Susan Walker expressed her thanks to everyone who worked so co-operatively to ensure a speedy remedy was found, once it became clear that the Crofting Commission was not able, under the terms of the 2010 Act, to accept applications to decroft land from owner-occupier crofters.
The Commission has contacted all those people with applications which were being held in abeyance until this issue was resolved. If they wish to go ahead, no new application is necessary and the organisation can now consider new applications from owner-occupier crofters.