Comhairle nan Eilean Siar welcomes the Crofting Commission’s decision to use Government funding to create four new jobs in the Western Isles.
The Scottish Government awarded the Crofting Commission £325,000 in additional funding and the body has committed to using the money to create two new jobs in Stornoway and a further two new jobs in Benbecula.
Chair of the Joint Consultative Committee on Crofting, Cllr Donald Crichton said,
“This is great news for the Western Isles and something that we have been proposing for some time. Crofting is a vital part of our local economy and it is pleasing to see the Crofting Commission recognise this by funding four new jobs in the Western Isles. These jobs will help to ensure Crofting remains an integral part of island life by allowing for more support and development in the industry.”
The Comhairle is pleased to see action being taken to reflect the fact that the Western Isles has the highest concentration of crofts in the country and hopes to see other public agencies decentralize jobs to the islands.