Crofting (New Entrants)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 21 February 2024.

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Photo of Jim Fairlie Jim Fairlie Scottish National Party

We are encouraging opportunities for new crofters. That is a key action in our national development plan for crofting. In 2023, the Scottish Land Matching Service’s crofting resource was launched, which links prospective crofters to available crofting opportunities. As of last week, 195 people were looking for a croft in that way.

The Crofting Commission also launched its croft succession project in the Uists and Barra and in Sutherland to encourage succession planning and living succession, which will help to create further opportunities for new entrants. We continue to provide more than £40 million-worth of funding each year to crofters through various schemes, including the crofting agricultural grant scheme and the croft house grant.