Kate Forbes MSP has welcomed confirmation from the Scottish Government that a significant proportion of convergence funding – owed to Scottish farmers by the UK Government – will go to those farming and crofting in marginal and remote areas.
On behalf of scores of farming and crofting constituents, the MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch had previously written to Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, about the matter.
The £80m funding is the first phase of a £160m package the UK Government agreed to pay to rectify a ‘historic wrong’ relating to EU Common Agricultural Policy funding that it failed to pass on to Scotland between 2014-2020.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “Finally, after years of the UK Government depriving Scotland of the convergence money, I am delighted that Fergus Ewing has agreed that the first tranche of funding should go to crofters and farmers in marginal, upland and island areas.
“This is in keeping with the original purpose of the convergence funding and it disregards recent proposals from other organisations to give only a very small proportion to the most marginal areas.
“It is right and proper that a higher proportion of the money goes to the crofters and farmers who need it most, many of whom are based in the Highlands and Islands.”
Further details are expected from the Cabinet Secretary in due course.