Crofters in the Western Isles have urged newly appointed crofting minister Aileen McLeod to increase the money available to build croft houses.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s sustainable development committee vice chairman Donald Crichton has written to the minister inviting her to visit the isles to learn about the sector and the impact of the crofter housing grant scheme, which is up for review by government soon.
“We are of the view that this review [of the crofter housing grant scheme] has to be serious and come forward with substantial recommendations to increase the grant to a level that is realistic,” said Mr Crichton in his letter.
“A minimal increase will have little impact on the uptake of the grant and tackling the increased costs that people face building new homes in remote and rural areas. If this grant scheme was increased to a realistic level it could have a real impact tackling the social and economic challenges we face in our rural communities.”