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Crofting Commission jobs should be moved to the Islands, says Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan.

In the Scottish Parliament this week he raised the prospect of jobs with the Crofting Commission being relocated to the Western Isles.

All staff employed by the Crofting Commission are currently based in Inverness. However, historically the Commission had staff spread across the crofting counties.

Alasdair Allan said later: “There would a huge number of benefits to relocating Crofting Commission jobs to the Western Isles.

“As well as the direct economic benefit more jobs would bring, the links between the Commission and the communities it represents would be strengthened if it had staff employed in the islands. It would also make it easier for the Commission to recruit people with knowledge and experience of crofting.

“I am grateful to Fergus Ewing, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, for agreeing to explore this further.”