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The Croft House Grant scheme is to be reviewed just a year after a significant revamp.


Grant levels were increased but less people appear to have accessed the financial assistance.


Nearly two thirds of the 28 applicants from the Western Isles were rejected in the first eight months of the new scheme.


Some refusals are due to applicants being ineligible or deemed to not require financial support.


Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said the review will look at the scheme’s rules and examine if there are any unnecessary barriers. The aim is to ensure the grant continues to target support at those most in need.


Mr Ewing also announced extra funding for the initiative, taking the total allocation to £2 million for 2017-18.

Croft house grant rules to be reviewed  

12 March 2017