The modernisation of Scotland's vital crofting sector has taken an 'important step forward' with the second phase of the Act's commencement.
As part of the implementation of the Crofting Reform Act 2010, the order laid in parliament will bring into force sections that will:
- Transform the Crofters Commission into the Crofting Commission with a new constitution and powers commencing on 1 April 2012
- Place duties on tenant and owner-occupied crofters to occupy and work their crofts, to be enforced by the Commission, from 1 October 2011.
- Protect croft land by allowing the Land Court and the Commission to take into account a wider range of factors when deciding on resumption and de-crofting applications
- Provide greater flexibility for the succession of crofts by allowing a croft to be bequeathed to two or more people