Crofting Consultation 2017

Closed 20 Nov 2017

Opened 28 Aug 2017

Feedback updated 24 Apr 2018

We asked

We asked for your views on the Scottish Governments’s current crofting policy statement and the legislative options and priorities for a new crofting Bill.

You said

We received 122 responses, which provided the Scottish Government with detailed and varied feedback on the options for a new Bill, current legislative issues and how they might be addressed, and other aspects of crofting.

We did

All non-confidential responses have been published, along with the analysis report. After taking account of the views offered, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing, announced his proposals for a two-phased approach by the Scottish Government in reforming Crofting Law; with work on both phases to commence immediately. Comments made regarding the policy statement and other non-legislative issues will be reviewed through on-going policy development, out-with the legislative strand of work. Updates and papers on the work conducted will be posted on the Scottish Government website.

Results updated 21 Mar 2018


Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Scottish Government is committed to reviewing the modernisation of crofting law within this Parliamentary session. This consultation seeks views of crofters, and those with an interest, on the pathway of any potential new legislation to reform crofting law.

Views are also sought on how to possibly improve several fundamental aspects of crofting, particularly if present legislation impacts upon them.

Why your views matter

The first Crofting Law Act was passed in 1886, and there have been several instances of subsequent legislative reform and other amendments made in the resulting years. Key pieces of recent crofting legislation are: the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993, which consolidated legislation made between 1955 and 1993, the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010; and the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2013. Consequently, Crofting Law has been deemed vastly complex, difficult to implement into practice, and often open to dispute or other interpretation.

Due to the complexity and diversity of issues involved, in order to produce reform that delivers the best outcomes for crofting, evidence from this consultation will be required in order to make the best informed decision possible on how to proceed.

Download the consultation paper.

There will be a number of Public Meetings throughout Crofting areas the purpose of the consultation, an explanation of the options for changing legislation and an overview on to respond to the consultation. There will be the opportunity to discuss the options available and to raise questions relating to the consultation.

These are free events, tea and coffee will be available.

Please check our profile page on EventBrite for the latest list of roadshow events and to book a place. (Booking not required, but will help guage numbers for catering.)

What happens next

After the consultation has closed the Scottish Government will analyse all the responses received, and use your feedback to help inform the development of future crofting reform. Where permission has been given, we will make all responses available to the public on this page. The responses to the consultation and analysis will be published in February 2018.


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