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Crofting Legislation Reform Announced

Cabinet Secretary, Fergus Ewing, announced his plans for crofting legislation to the Crofting Cross Party Group on Wednesday evening. 
Mr Ewing explained the Government planned a two stage approach with a Crofting Bill this parliamentary session to make practical improvements which had consensus from stakeholders. In the longer term Mr Ewing proposes further reform to consolidate the legislation and make bolder changes. Key crofting principles and rights will be retained but the desire is for simplification, transparency and workable legislation. Mr Ewing stated the consultation has shown there was a lack of consensus on the more complex issues and some organisations did not embrace a bold change which had to be considered. Work on the development of this second stage can begin alongside stage 1. 
Alongside the legislative changes there will be non-legislative changes such as continued support for croft houses and new entrants. 

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