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Rural Payments and Services

Rural Payments and Services

Rural Issues in Scotland

Latest news on CAP direct payments in the News section below.

Rural Scotland, covering 95 per cent of the land area and 18 per cent of the population, is an integral part of the country's economy, environment and culture. The Scottish Government's aim is to promote development in rural areas and empower communities.

The Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) is a programme of economic, environmental and social measures, worth some £1.2 billion, designed to develop rural Scotland.

In Focus

Crofting reform

CroftingThe 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

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Rural Payments and Services

We know land managers, farmers, crofters, agents and other customers want one system that is easy to use, so we have launched a new online service for all of the CAP schemes.

Alongside Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland we have developed a new online service that makes submitting an application or making a claim clearer, simpler and smarter.

We don’t expect to have everything online until 2017 and we’re doing everything we can to make the transition from paper to online as smooth as possible. We’re hosting regular focus groups throughout Scotland and we’re using the feedback to help us shape the new approach and to deliver what customers really want and value – now and in the future.

Benefits of the new site:

  • easy to follow scheme guidance and information
  • jargon-free language and no unexplained acronyms
  • better help and search tools
  • up-to-date map information
  • auto-updates and reminders
  • secure information and communications - all in one place

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Greening Booklet updated 14 January 2015

Fraud warning - Farmers across Scotland are advised to be alert to ongoing banking scams in which fraudsters are targeting the farming community.