Creating a Sustainable Future for Crofting

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 10th September 2019.

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I refer members to my register of interests. I own a non-domestic property in the Western Isles.

Hailing from the Isle of Lewis, I have seen at first hand over the decades the gradual decline in livestock numbers on the hills and common grazings in the Outer Hebrides. In his statement, the cabinet secretary mentioned the impact of Brexit on legislation. How else is the prospect of Brexit likely to be felt by crofters? With a view to seeing more livestock on the hills, is there any more clarity and certainty around future funding?