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Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP praises success of crofting grant support scheme; Ross MSP Kate Forbes hailed the scheme after the Scottish Government confirmed it had been accessed more than 1000 times

By Philip Murray

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Highland cows on a croft.
Highland cows on a croft.

A MULTI-million pound scheme to help support crofters has been hailed as a success by a Ross MSP after it passed a major milestone.

Kate Forbes, the MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, praised the Scottish Government’s Croft House Grant Scheme after it was confirmed that it has now delivered more than 1000 grants.

The scheme has awarded £21.2 million to families and individuals in rural and island communities across Scotland in the past 13 years.

It helps crofters to upgrade housing or build new homes, allowing them to achieve the full potential of their crofts while generating economic activity.

Earlier this week Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP, announced the latest round of funding – totalling more than £300,000.

Kate Forbes MSP.
Kate Forbes MSP.

Ms Forbes said: “Housing is critically important in my constituency, and the Croft House Grant scheme has enabled many to build and occupy their own homes.

“So often, crofters have access to some land but not the financial resources to build or maintain a home and this scheme has made the difference for somebody wishing to croft.

“There are few issues as fundamental as housing to enabling rural communities to thrive and grow, and these figures are very encouraging.”

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