The Scottish Government has been criticised for failing to include a crofting representative
on the new National Council of Rural Advisors.
The body’s remit is to provide advice on the implications of Scotland leaving Europe
as part of the UK and provide advice and recommendations on future rural policy and
Politicians and crofting representatives have questioned the make-up of the group,
which sees no representative or expert from crofting included.
Rural affairs minister Fergus Ewing suggested that there would be no changes to the
body and that members had “not been appointed to represent sectoral interests or
particular stakeholder groups.”
However, stakeholders could instead “contribute policy papers and relevant research
Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron said:
“I am disappointed that the Scottish Government have decided to shut the door to
the crofting sector and not invite someone from crofting to sit on the new panel.
“The Scottish Government say that members weren’t appointed to represent sectoral
interests yet there are several representatives from farming and agribusiness on
this new Council, so frankly that argument doesn’t wash.”
Mr Cameron added: “It’s even more galling that Fergus Ewing, a SNP MSP who represents
a constituency with a large number of crofts, has decided to snub the sector in this
“Many in crofting will see this as yet another example of a central-belt focused
SNP Government that cares little for rural Scotland.”