The latest round of Croft House Grant Scheme awards announced by the Scottish Government has been welcomed by Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing MSP announced today (Tuesday May 21st) that an additional £350,000 will support 10 crofting families in building or upgrading their croft houses.

Since 2007, more than £19 million of Croft House Grant has been awarded to more than 950 crofters to upgrade housing or build new homes.

Crofters in the Western Isles are eligible for the upper grant of £38,000.

Alasdair Allan MSP pointed out: “The Scheme plays a vital role in retaining families in the in islands – as shown by the fact the majority of successful awards in this announcement were from the Western Isles.

"The Croft House Grant Scheme is an efficient and valuable way of building homes in rural areas. I am often lobbying the Scottish Government on this subject on behalf of constituents and it’s welcome to see more money going towards this purpose."

Photographed are a family who benefitted from an earlier round of support. Alasdair Allan and Kate Forbes, MSP, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, are pictured with CHGS recipient Scott Thomson and his family at their house in Garrabost at the end of March.