Crofters urged to com­plete cen­sus

The Oban Times - - Farming -

THE Croft­ing Com­mis­sion has is­sued its third croft­ing cen­sus.

Crofters are legally obliged to in­form the com­mis­sion, on an an­nual ba­sis, whether or not they are com­ply­ing with their croft­ing du­ties. The cen­sus form must be com­pleted and re­turned to the com­mis­sion be­fore March 31 this year.

The an­nual croft­ing cen­sus al­lows the com­mis­sion to gather an ev­i­dence base which is be­ing built up year by year. There has been a high rate of re­turn over the past two years with the 2015 croft­ing cen­sus re­sult­ing in more than 4,000 changes be­ing made to the Croft­ing Com­mis­sion’s Regis­ter of Crofts.

Bill Bar­ron, Croft­ing Com­mis­sion in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: ‘I would like to thank crofters for com­plet­ing the last two croft­ing cen­sus forms and I hope that we can con­tinue the high re­turn rate from pre­vi­ous years.

‘To en­sure crofters meet their le­gal obli­ga­tions, we have sim­pli­fied the cen­sus forms as much as pos­si­ble so they are quick and easy to com­plete. I would like to re­mind crofters that they must an­swer all ques­tions on the form and, if you have mul­ti­ple crofts, you must com­plete and re­turn a form for each croft.’

Cab­i­net sec­re­tary for the ru­ral econ­omy Fer­gus Ewing added: ‘It is es­sen­tial that the in­for­ma­tion in the Regis­ter of Crofts is ac­cu­rate and I wel­come the steps the Croft­ing Com­mis­sion has taken to make it even eas­ier for crofters to com­plete their forms. It is im­por­tant that every­one who has been sent a croft­ing cen­sus com­pletes and re­turns it.’

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www. croft­ing. scot­land. gov.uk/ croft­ing- cen­sus.

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