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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Crofting community bodies

147.Section 62(2) of the Act inserts subsection (A1) into section 71 of the 2003 Act. This subsection extends the types of body which may be crofting community bodies under Part 3 of the 2003 Act to include Scottish charitable incorporated organisations (“SCIOs”) and community benefit societies (“BenComs”) and any other type of body which Ministers specify in regulations.

148.Section 62(4) of the Act inserts new subsections (1A) and (1B) into section 71 of the 2003 Act which sets out the provisions that a SCIO or BenCom must include in its constitution or registered rules for it to be a crofting community body and so eligible to make an application under Part 3 of the 2003 Act.

149.Section 62(5) of the Act amends section 71(2) of the 2003 Act which allows Ministers to disapply the requirement that the articles of association, constitution or registered rules of an community body must require that the body have a minimum of 10 members.

150.Section 62(6) of the Act inserts subsection (4A) into section 71 of the 2003 Act. This subsection gives Ministers the power to modify, by way of regulations, the criteria which must be met by companies limited by guarantee, SCIOs and BenComs in order to be crofting community bodies under Part 3 of the 2003 Act.

151.Section 62(7) of the Act amends section 71(5) of the 2003 Act and amends the definition of a “crofting community”. The definition of a crofting community will include tenants of crofts whose names are entered in the Crofting Register, or the Register of Crofts, as tenants of those crofts; owner-occupier crofters of crofts in the crofting township whose names are entered in the Crofting Register; and such other persons or classes of persons as may be set out by Ministers in regulations.

152.Section 62(8) of the Act inserts definitions of “owner-occupied croft” and “owner-occupier crofter” into section 71(6) of the 2003 Act.

153.Section 62(9) of the Act inserts definitions of “community benefit society”, “registered rules” and “Scottish charitable incorporated organisation” into section 71(8) of the 2003 Act.

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