Call for participation in croft house scheme consultations

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MSP Alasdair Allan, has encouraged crofters in the Western Isles to give their views on the Scottish Government’s new proposals for the Croft House Grant Scheme by taking part in the current consultation on this issue.

Alasdair Allan commented: “The Scottish Government is proposing to increase the maximum grant available for building a croft house from £22,000 to £28,000.

“The Government recommends setting levels of £28,000 and £23,000 in proposed new high and standard priority areas. This would replace the current system of three areas where the maximums available are £22,000, £17,000 and £11,500 respectively.

“Contrary to some recent reports the proposals are also positive with regards to improvement grants. All crofters will be able to bid for up to 40% of the value of the new increased building grants when making improvements to their homes.

“This replaces the previous system under which many crofters were only able to bid for 20% or 30% of the build rates when applying for an improvement grant.

“These proposed increases are welcome and will, I hope, benefit many people in the islands. Meantime I would encourage everyone with an interest in this issue to have their say and to take part in the Scottish Government consultation on these proposals.”