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Improvement action plan for Crofting Commission following probe

10 February 2017

Arrangements for handling conflicts of interest was another point of interest in the investigation.


Business advisors and accountancy firm Scott-Moncrieff was been hired to examine the systems, processes and procedures over the decision making affecting Upper Coll and Mangersta committees in Lewis as well as Bohuntin, Lochaber.


At the time, Crofting minister, Fergus Ewing, said it was "essential" that crofting has an effective regulator to "protect and enhance" the crofting way of life.


He highlighted it was an opportunity to take “stock, learn from experiences and examine positives as well as opportunities for improvement.”


Crofting Commission  chief executive, Bill Barron, said: “A number of important points have been made in the governance review and we are committed to ensuring robust processes are in place to achieve a high standard of governance within the organisation.


“I will be putting in place a full action plan to ensure these points are addressed, as requested by the Rural Economy Secretary.


“We have already made some of the improvements recommended in the review and we are developing a comprehensive induction programme for the new Board of Commissioners following the elections in March 2017.


“Continuous improvement within the Commission, and building on the recommendations from the review, will help us to create a focussed and effective organisation working to secure the future of crofting.”

The Crofting Commission has received the governance review of the organisation which was undertaken at the request of the Scottish Government.


The findings of the probe are being “carefully considered.”


The probe follows crofting regulator's chaotic stance when it sacked three grazings committees.


Consultants were instructed to assess the current position at the Crofters' Commission and make recommendations for improvements.


They also looked at how effectively the board of commissioners is operating.