Registers of Scotland (RoS) has been asked by the Scottish Government to engage with crofting communities to facilitate and encourage group registrations of crofts and RoS has announced that it will be creating a new post to undertake this engagement.
This new job will help provide support and guidance to communities on the registration process, the preparation of suitable plans and the completion of applications. The support will be provided by technical workshops and stakeholder meetings in crofting communities, and be available through email and telephone support. This follows comments received from crofters seeking access to guidance and support through the registration process. The two year post will be jointly funded by RoS and the Scottish Government.
Mr Wheelhouse said: “The Scottish Government provided financial support for the establishment of the Crofting Register during its first year operating on a voluntary basis, and we are continuing funding to step up efforts to encourage community applications. This work will be taken forward, and jointly funded, by Registers of Scotland with the support of the Crofting Commission and builds on the valuable work undertaken by the Scottish Crofting Federation’s community mapping project during the first year of the Crofting Register.”
The Scottish Government has allocated £42,500 funding over the next two years for the post, which will be match-funded by Registers of Scotland. RoS will also cover any travel and subsistence relating to this project. The £42,500 is the surplus – minus group registration and RoS administration costs as a result of insufficient registrations – from the £100,000 allocated by the Scottish Government for a registration discount scheme to support the establishment of the Crofting Register during its first year. The discount, which ended on November 30, 2013 in accordance with the Crofting Register (Fees) (Scotland) Order 2012 (SSI 2012 No. 295), amounted to a reduced croft registration fee of over 22%, reducing the fee from £90 to £70 per croft for those applying as part of a group.