Improvement action plan for Crofting Commission following probe
10 February 2017
Arrangements for handling conflicts of interest was another point of interest in
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
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.