Crofters to get a vote

Plans to make the Crofters Commission more democratic and accountable have been unveiled today by Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson.

The proposals recommend that the majority of the Crofters Commission, to be renamed the Crofting Commission from April 2012, should be elected by crofters. A consultation on the draft plans, which starts on Wednesday, also covers the constituency boundaries for the elections and who should be eligible to vote.

Mr Stevenson said: “Through having directly elected voices within the future Crofting Commission, voted in by crofters for crofters, I am confident that we can build a strong partnership to deliver the growing, prosperous, inclusive and sustainable crofting communities we all want to see.

“This consultation considers the detail of how Commissioners will be elected and I would encourage all those with an interest in how the new Commission is run to have their say.”

The consultation runs from July 13 to October 5, 2011 and can be accessed online at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/07/13090620/0 or by contacting 0131 244 9847.