Local News for Monday 21st January 2018
CROFTING FEDERATION ASSURED BY SCOT GOV THAT SUPPORT WILL BE MAINTAINED
Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) says it has received assurance from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, that he is absolutely committed to maintaining Less Favoured Area Support at 80% of the 2018 funding level for the next financial years 2019 and 2020.
Russell Smith of SCF said: ‘Less Favoured Area payments (LFASS) are vital for those of us in the Highlands & Islands who face natural constraints, so the prospect of this support being cut to 80% in 2019 and then to only 40% in 2020 was unthinkable.
‘Following intense exchange with Scottish Government, SCF has now received an assurance that the less favoured area support will not drop below 80% of the current rate and those crofters on the minimum payment will stay the same. However, this is still a real cut which could have been avoided if we had transferred to the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme.
‘We commend Scottish Government for having listened to our, and others’, representation and for giving this assurance. It is not clear where the extra money will come from so we will continue to monitor the situation.’