Commenting on changes to the Croft House Grant Scheme, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said,
“Building costs in Shetland are higher than the Scottish mainland. So this is a helpful step but Shetland’s crofters have argued for a greater recognition of the actual cost of building in the islands.
“It would have been better to have had a separate and higher housing grant rate for the islands. The remaining issue is financial help from banks for self-build mortgages. This remains a real challenge. All banks should reintroduce this as it proved to be a safe and secure way to encourage people to build in the outlying areas of Shetland.”