Policy & Lobbying

Policy Document Index

  • 29/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Annual Taxation Event
    Scottish Land & Estates Annual Taxation Event Date: Wednesday 29th November 2017 Time: 10am to 1.30pm Venue: Perth Racecourse, Scone Palace Park, Perth PH2 6BB Sponsored by: Turcan Connell & Chiene + Tait Chartered Accountants For more details and to book please click on the flyer below.  
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  • 18/11/2017 - Hedge Laying Training Day
    Hedge Laying Training Course - Prebooking essential Saturday 18th November, 2017 Venue: Furlongs Farm, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders Time: 9am - 2.30pm   For more details and to book please click on the Flyer below.
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  • 26/10/2017 - Soil, Muck and Money: Targeting resources for maximum return
    Thursday 26 Ocotober, Oban Friday 27th October, Isle of Bute Tuesday 21st November, Balloch Wednesday 22 November, Falkland     A practical day looking at soil management and how to best utilise inputs for increased profitability, to produce optimum yields and return on investment. Come along and get
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  • 25/10/2017 - Innovation & adding value to your timber
    A south Scotland Forestry & Timber Technologies Industry Regional Event Wednesday 25th October 2017 5.15pm buffet for 6pm meeting Best Western Dryfesdale Hotel, Lockerbie, DG11 2SF For more details please see flyer below.
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  • 23/10/2017 - Brexit Discussion Event - 23 October 2017
    On Monday 23rd October the Scottish Land & Estates Highland Chairman’s Lunch will be held this year at Alvie House, nr Kincraig. The main speaker for the event will be Scottish Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s place in Europe,  Mike Russell MSP for Argyll And Bute and there will be interventions by Scottish Lan
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  • 20/10/2017 - Highland Invasive Species Network Meeting
    On Wednesday Highland Regional Manager, Drew McFarlane-Slack attended a meeting of the Highland Invasive Species Network (HISN).  The network met to consider the issues falling out of the new Highland Community Planning Partnership's new 'Outcome Improvement Plan 2017-2127 (HOIP).   The Highland Environment Network
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  • 19/10/2017 - Land managers share discussion and expertise on Scottish rural policy issues
    Policy issues key to the development of business in rural Scotland have been discussed at an event for land managers organised by Scottish Land & Estates. Jointly sponsored by Savills and Brodies, the Land Managers’ Training Day welcomed more than 60 attendees at the sold-out event at Perth Racecourse. The morn
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  • 17/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 16 October 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 16 October 2017.
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  • 17/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 09 - 13 October 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 09 - 13 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members
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  • 17/10/2017 - Current consultations - 16 October 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 17/10/2017 - W&PR 09 Broadband Summary
    This information sheet provides an overview of broadband policy and options at October 2017. 
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  • 13/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates’ letter to Public Petitions Committee on mountain hares
    Following a request from the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee, Scottish Land & Estates has written to the committee regarding Public Petition PE1664: Greater protection for mountain hares. The letter notes six key points following the committee's hearing on 14 September 2017. Our response is availab
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  • 13/10/2017 - Income Tax
    The Scottish Government Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has called for full control over income tax to be handed to the Scottish Parliament. He has also mooted an overhaul of the tax band system to raise extra revenues.  The Scottish Government is currently drawing up a discussion paper on the prospect of raising income tax i
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  • 13/10/2017 - Scottish Moorland Group Statement on Mountain Hares
    The Scottish Moorland Group has issued the following statement in response to criticism of the management of mountain hare populations.   Tim Baynes, director of the Scottish Moorland Group, said: “Mountain hares populations are often very high on managed moorland in comparison to other upland environments. On occasio
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  • 13/10/2017 - Crowd-funding campaign
    Comrie Croft has launched a crowd-funding campaign to create the 'world's most sustainable cabin'. The prototype Kranog will be an off-grid, zero-waste, zero-carbon, moveable, eco-luxury unit sleeping 5. It's being designed and built in Scotland, comes with a certified 80+ year lifespan, sits lightly on the land, and has no m
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  • 13/10/2017 - Suicide prevention in Scotland
    NHS Health Scotland, Samaritans in Scotland, Health and Social Care Academy (the ALLIANCE), and the Scottish Government want to hear views on suicide prevention in Scotland. These organisations would like to hear from those affected by suicide and those who directly engage with those affected to understand what could be done
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  • 13/10/2017 - World Mental Health Day
    A further £500,000 from the Scottish Government will go towards better support for patients experiencing mental health problems. NHS24 will use the development funding to improve the services it offers to people experiencing low mood, depression and anxiety, supporting those who need unscheduled care but do not require to co
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  • 13/10/2017 - Rise in overseas visitors to Scotland
    Overseas visitors from North America spent £732 million in the 12 months to the end of June 2017, a 48% jump compared to £495 million in the previous 12 months. There was a 38% increase in visits from North America, with more than 707,000 choosing Scotland as a destination in the same period.   Across all internati
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  • 13/10/2017 - Scottish Moorland Group statement on mountain hares
    The Scottish Moorland Group has issued the following statement in response to criticism of the management of mountain hare populations.  Tim Baynes, director of the Scottish Moorland Group, said: “Mountain hares populations are often very high on managed moorland in comparison to other upland environments. On occasion,
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  • 12/10/2017 - Ulva
    Scottish Ministers have given consent to The North West Mull Community Woodland Company to register its interest in purchasing the Isle of Ulva in the Inner Hebrides.  This was announced during the First Minister’s speech to the SNP Conference and the Scottish Government press release can be found here.
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  • 12/10/2017 - Scottish Limited Partnerships and Scottish Qualifying Partnerships
    To prevent money laundering, certain Partnerships are now legally required to file certain information with Companies House.  The provisions are relevant to any limited partnership which is registered in Scotland, including limited partnerships which have been set up for the purposes of an agricultural lease being granted to
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  • 12/10/2017 - Tail Docking
      A publicised move to debate at the SNP Conference, the re-introduction of a full ban on tail-docking in Scotland following the relaxation of legislation by MSPs in June, did not take place.  The motion was not called for debate.
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  • 12/10/2017 - Wild Mammals
    The Scottish Government is now consulting on protecting wild mammals in Scotland following the Bonomy Review recommendations.  The closing date is 31st January 2018 and Scottish Land & Estates will be responding.  The consultation which can be found here includes a question on vicarious liability.
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  • 12/10/2017 - HIE Housing Development Report
    Highlands and Islands Enterprise has published its report ‘Stimulating Housing Development in the Highlands and Islands’ this week. The report highlights barriers to development and presents case studies of delivery models and innovative solutions. Read more...
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  • 12/10/2017 - Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund
    The Scottish Government has announced a new fund of £6 million over 2 years to support services and facilities at popular tourist sites such as Skye, North Coast 500 and site where Outlander was filmed. The new fund will support a wide range of improvement projects such as parking, camping facilities, recycling points and fo
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  • 11/10/2017 - Stage 1 report on Forestry and Land Management Bill
    The Rural Economy Committee has published its Stage 1 report following its initially scrutiny of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill.  The full report can be read in full at here... In brief the report covers the following - Disbanding FCS – the REC Committee have not gone as far as saying this shouldn
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  • 09/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 09 October 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 09 October 2017.
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  • 09/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 02 - 06 October 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 02 - 06 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 09/10/2017 - Current consultations - 09 October 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 06/10/2017 - Aberdeenshire Broadband Pilot
    Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is one of 6 areas chosen to pilot new fibre broadband for offices and public sector buildings.  The Aberdeenshire pilot will receive around £10M to test innovative ways of connecting. The programme is part of the UK Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund. Read more...
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  • 06/10/2017 - Energy Efficiency Policy Conference
    Senor Policy Officer, Katy Dickson, attend Scotland Policy Conference on Energy Efficiency on Thursday. Minister for Business Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, set out Scottish Government’s strategy for energy efficiency. Other topics included the SEEP pilots, sustainable building design, and looking forward to future
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  • 06/10/2017 - Get involved with Working with Waders
    Working for Waders is looking for your help. People, with experience, knowledge and some time are needed to identify practical steps to reverse the decline of waders.   We have all agreed that urgent action is required to save the curlew, the lapwing, the golden plover and the other waders whose numbers are dropping.
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  • 06/10/2017 - STA report on tourism confidence published
    The Scottish Tourism Alliance has published findings from an industry wide survey on factors affecting tourism businesses in Scotland. The report highlights 63% of respondents are confident in the future confidence of their business heading towards 2020. There were considerable variations between sectors, with 81% of self-cat
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  • 06/10/2017 - Tourism Cross Party Group
    The latest Cross Part Group on Tourism was held at the Scottish Parliament this week. There was an update on the sectors response to the Barclay Review and subsequent Scottish Government announcements. Willie Macleod of the British Hospitality Association said they were pleased with a lot of the changes such as the cap, but t
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  • 06/10/2017 - Tourism chief voices Brexit negotiation concerns
    The two-year Brexit transition proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May is not long enough to ensure the Scottish tourism sector can access the skills it needs by the time the UK exits the European Union, Marc Crothall, chief executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) has claimed. Read more…
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  • 06/10/2017 - Planning review working Group
    Scottish Land & Estates attended the latest planning review workshop this week where discussions centred on a technical paper outlining proposals for the Planning Bill. There is still a lack of detail surrounding much of the proposals despite there being a short time available before a Bill is due to be presented before Parli
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  • 06/10/2017 - Planning review working Group
    Scottish Land & Estates attended the latest planning review workshop this week where discussions centred on a technical paper outlining proposals for the Planning Bill. There is still a lack of detail surrounding much of the proposals despite there being a short time available before a Bill is due to be presented before Parli
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  • 06/10/2017 - Proposals to limit Renewable Heat Incentive scheme detrimental to Scottish rural business
    Rural business in Scotland could be hardest hit by proposed changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, said proposals to remove support for ‘drying’ through the scheme – which would include wood fuel dryi
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  • 06/10/2017 - Landlord Registration Guidance
    The Scottish Government has provided Local Authorities with new guidance on managing Landlord Registration effectively and consistently. The guidance also includes case studies of best practice.  Scottish Land & Estates has arranged to meet with the Scottish Government regarding the recent problems that have been occurring w
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  • 06/10/2017 - Environment Agency Consultation – Managing salmon fisheries in England and on the Border Esk
    This consultation forms part of the commitment to restore salmon stocks in England which is made by the Salmon Five Point Approach. The Approach, which was launched in 2015 by the Environment Agency, government and its partners, aims to stabilise and recover salmon stocks to safeguard future populations. To do this, high leve
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  • 06/10/2017 - Fracking statement
    The Scottish Government has this week announced an indefinite ban on extraction of non-conventional oil and gas. Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse told MSPs the decision followed an extensive period of evidence gathering, public engagement, and dialogue on the issue.   The Scottish Governm
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  • 06/10/2017 - Further amendments to RHI
    Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the UK Government’s Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive: Further Proposed Amendments consultation. The first part of the consultation proposes the removal of all drying from being eligible for the RHI scheme. Our response to this can be found here... The second part of the con
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  • 06/10/2017 - Deer Working Group
    Earlier this week in a letter to the Convener of the EECLR Committee, Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment announced the appointment of an independent group to examine deer management issues. The establishment of this group is part of Scottish Governments response to the reports on deer management from S
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  • 06/10/2017 - Publication of WDNA Action Plan 17/18, and Report for 2016/17
    SNH has compiled the 2016 WDNA Report and 2017/18 Action Plan and appendix on behalf of the WDNA Steering Group and all the contributors, these are now available on the SNH website   The Report shows broad progress across the suite of WDNA objectives and demonstrates the on-going collaboration delivering these actio
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  • 05/10/2017 - The Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive: Further Proposed Amendments (part 1)
    Scottish Land & Estates' response to proposed non-domestic RHI amendments in relation to eligibility are outlined here.
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  • 02/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 02 October 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 02 October 2017.
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  • 02/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 24 - 29 September 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 24 - 29 September which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 02/10/2017 - Current consultations - 02 October 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 29/09/2017 - National Peatland Group meet
    The National Peatland Group met in Perth yesterday to discuss progress with delivering Scotland’s National Peatland restoration targets.  SNH’s Peatland Action project, which has an £8million funding pot to distribute, remains the main focus of effort. [read more]  The Peatland Code which levers in private finance is a
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  • 29/09/2017 - National Access Forum
    The National Access Forum was held earlier this week at Battleby. An update was provided on the two NAF sub-groups recently formed to take forward work on Core Paths and OS mapping and finding a national approach to tackling the emerging issue of unauthorised mountain bike trail building.   Core paths and OS mapping
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  • 29/09/2017 - Communicating with your audience – biodiversity and the agricultural sector
      At the end of last week, Scottish Land & Estates attended a Sharing Good Practice Event, facilitated by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The day was aimed at everybody involved in communicating biodiversity who work with farmers and landowners.   Land managers are identified as a key stakeholder to help deliv
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  • 29/09/2017 - Scotland’s National Ecological Network (NEN)
    The development of a NEN for Scotland has been identified as a priority action in Scotland’s third National Planning Framework and the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy 2020. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has been asked by Scottish Government to lead on this work. Earlier this week Scottish Land & Estates along with several
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  • 29/09/2017 - National Rural Mental Health Forum
    The latest meeting of the National Rural Mental Health Forum convened this week. Action points include working with the Scottish Government to help decide how best to deliver the Mental Health Strategy in a rural context. Discussions included the possibility of creating mental health first aid training courses specifically fo
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  • 29/09/2017 - Scottish Borders LDP 2 workshop
    Scottish Land & Estates attended the Peebles Local Development Plan 2 workshop this week. Matters discussed included the need for housing and economic development land. Questions were raised on the value of land for commercial purposes against that of land for housing. In order to feed in to the Main Issues Report at an early
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  • 28/09/2017 - CIH Energy Efficiency Showcase
      The CIH Energy Efficiency Showcase was held in Glasgow on Wednesday and attended by Senior Policy Officer Katy Dickson. Presentations were given on Passivhoos, the use of renewable technologies and the role of renewable energy storage, how social landlords are achieving EESSH standards, the importance of ventilation, a
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  • 28/09/2017 - Simplified Planning Zones and equivalent mechanisms outwith Scotland: research report
    The recently published Programme for Government 2017-18 (Sept 2017) highlights proposals for planning reform include actions to support inclusive growth and investment such as a new approach to Simplified Planning Zones. To support the Planning Review the Scottish Government commissioned research on use of SPZs, tasked to exp
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  • 28/09/2017 - Rise in renewable electricity
    Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable electricity generation, with output in the first half of 2017 17% greater than the same period in 2016. Figures published by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy show that Scotland continues to lead the way in renewables, delivering the
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  • 28/09/2017 - Borders Tree Planting Scheme
    With autumn approaching, it seems timely to remind everyone that the Borders Tree Planting Grant Scheme is open for applications.  Grants of up to £1,000 can be awarded for small areas of native tree planting including copses, hedgerow trees, parkland trees, tree lines and orchards. For more details please click here...
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  • 28/09/2017 - Sporting Rates Methodology
    The Scottish Assessors published the methodology for the valuation of shooting and deer forests this week. Sporting rights will be valued on a comparable basis. The Assessor used rental evidence gathered in the Return of Information Forms to calculate the average rents that different land types were achieving. Allowances are
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  • 28/09/2017 - Sporting Rates Update
    As you will be aware the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 reintroduced non-domestic rates for shootings and deer forests. The Assessors have now published the Practice Note which sets out how these sporting rights are valued. It is expected that the majority of valuation notices will arrive next week.   Please see be
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  • 28/09/2017 - Land-based businesses remain ready to deliver for rural Scotland
    Estates are willing partners in delivering for rural Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates has said today. The organisation, which represents land-based businesses, said its members embraced many of the goals outlined in the Scottish Land Commission’s first strategic plan, published today. David Johnstone, chairman of S
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  • 27/09/2017 - Use It or Lose It - FAS Tenants' Improvements Amnesty Events
    The Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is holding a series of events across Scotland this autumn to inform tenant farmers and landowners about important changes to tenancy legislation including the current Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty.   Time: 7pm - 9pm   Events will be held in th
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  • 25/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 25 September 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 25 September 2017.
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  • 25/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 18 - 22 September 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 18 - 22 September which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 25/09/2017 - Current consultations - 25 September 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 22/09/2017 - Estates welcome the launch of new Muirburn Code
    Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the launch of the new Muirburn Code, an important publication in the management of Scotland’s uplands. Launched today at Blair Atholl by Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, the new code has been produced by Scotland’s Moorland
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  • 22/09/2017 - CAP stabilisation plan
      A plan to stabilise and improve the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payment process has been unveiled by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.   'CAP Plan for Stabilisation' will tackle the major causes of poor customer service, error and payment delay by: providing a clear payment schedule for our sc
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  • 21/09/2017 - Women in Agriculture – Argyll & the Islands Event
      NFUS are holding a one-day conference titled ‘Women in Agriculture – Argyll & the Islands’. The event will take place on Wednesday 4 Oct in Lochgilphead Community Education Centre, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, Argyll.   This is the first ‘Women in Agriculture’ event to be held in Argyll & the Islands an
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  • 21/09/2017 - East Lothian Council – Tackling irresponsible dog ownership
      Earlier this week Scottish Land & Estates met with East Lothian Council to discuss the two initiatives the council has in place to tackle irresponsible dog-ownership, with a particular focus on dog fouling and professional dog walking companies.   Dog Watch East Lothian – Approved Professional Dog Walker Sch
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  • 19/09/2017 - Economic support for South Scotland
    Economy Secretary Keith Brown confirmed an interim partnership, bringing together organisations to support economic growth in the South of Scotland, will be in place by the end of 2017. The South of Scotland Economic Partnership will involve public and private sector partners and will prepare the ground for the establishment
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  • 19/09/2017 - Admissibility of Evidence
    A briefing paper is now available of the law around admissibility of evidence.  This has risen in a number of recent cases in relation to wildlife crime in particular.
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  • 19/09/2017 - Keep Scotland Beautiful – Round Table Discussion
      Earlier this week, Scottish Land & Estates attended a Round Table discussion with Keep Scotland Beautiful and other organisations (including NHS Scotland and Police Scotland) to discuss the continued decline in local environmental quality in communities across Scotland. Keep Scotland Beautiful provided an update on its
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  • 19/09/2017 - Fire and Smoke Alarm Consultation
    The Scottish Government is consulting on fire and smoke detection in Scottish homes until 1st December. Much of the consultation addresses whether the high standard currently demanded of the Private Rented Sector should be applied to social housing and owner occupied housing. Part four, however, considers if changes are neede
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  • 18/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 18 September 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 18 September 2017.
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  • 18/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 11 - 15 September 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 11 - 15 September which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 18/09/2017 - Current consultations - 18 September 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 15/09/2017 - New Scottish MEP
    Baroness Nosheena Mobarik has become the new Scottish Conservative MEP.  She is taking a leave of absence from the House of Lords and has assumed the position with immediate effect.  It follows the resignation of Lord Duncan who left the European Parliament to join the Scotland Office following the general election.  
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  • 15/09/2017 - Conservation of Salmon - Assessment for the 2018 fishing season
    Scottish Ministers propose to continue to regulate the killing of salmon in Scotland, including a prohibition on retaining any salmon caught in coastal waters, by means of conservation regulations made under section 38 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003.   In accordance with regula
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  • 15/09/2017 - Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill
    Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, gave evidence to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee this week on the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill. See evidence session here...
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  • 15/09/2017 - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
    The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, gave evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee earlier this week on the work of DEFRA. They covered topics such as a post-brexit trading deal, and the process of transferring EU law into domestic law and introducing new
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  • 15/09/2017 - Women in Agriculture
    The first meeting of the Scottish Government’s new Women in Agriculture Taskforce was held earlier this week, which has been set up to ensure women are better represented in farming. Scottish Land & Estates Executive Director Sarah-Jane Laing is a member of the group. More details...  
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  • 15/09/2017 - Mountain Hare petition
    The Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee took evidence this week on a petition calling for greater protection for mountain hares, specifically calling for a moratorium on mountain hare killing. The Committee agreed to seek more evidence on the issue, and has requested evidence from Scottish Land & Estates, among
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  • 15/09/2017 - Scotland’s Food and Drink Strategy, Ambition 2030
    The Scottish Parliament held a debate this week to discuss Ambition 2030 – the Scottish Government’s growth strategy for farming, fishing, food and drink. You can read the transcript of the debate here...
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  • 15/09/2017 - Scottish Borders Council LDP 2 drop-in sessions & workshops
      The Scottish Borders Council is beginning the process of preparing the next Local Development Plan, the first stage of which is to prepare the Main Issues Report. The Council is holding a series of drop-in sessions and workshops across the local authority area to engage with the community.   Details of dates
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  • 15/09/2017 - RHI Consultation
    The UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on further proposed amendments to the non-domestic renewable heat incentive. Responses to the proposals in chapter 2 of the consultation are requested by 3 October 2017. All other responses are requested by 31 October 2017. If you have any q
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  • 15/09/2017 - LRRS consultation analysis published
    Analysis of responses to the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement (LRRS) consultation to which Scottish Land & Estates responded has now been published and can be found here. In our response to the original consultation, Scottish Land & Estates agreed with the principle of the LRRS and sought to ensure that its applicat
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  • 15/09/2017 - Housing
    The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 commencement regulations were laid before the Scottish Parliament.  The new tenancy regime which introduces the ‘Private Rented Tenancy’ begins on 1 December 2017.
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  • 15/09/2017 - Small Landholdings
    The Rural  Economy and Connectivity Committee of the Scottish Parliament this week considered the recent review of the legislation governing smallholdings in Scotland which the Scottish Government was required to carry out in terms of  Part 11 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.  The Cabinet Secretary confirmed that as
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  • 15/09/2017 - Association of Cairngorms Communities
    The latest meeting of the Association of Cairngorms Communities (AoCC) was held this week. Topics discussed included the CNPA Forestry Strategy, the Main Issues Report for the Local Development Plan (due for consultation at the end of October beginning of November), and Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend. Scottish Land & Estates a
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  • 15/09/2017 - Rise in visitor numbers to historic sites
    Caerlaverock Castle, Cardoness Castle and New Abbey Corn Mill are among sites of historic interest in Dumfries and Galloway that have seen an overall rise in visitor numbers of 41% between April and July 2017. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) look after 37 properties in the region, eight of which are staffed sites, and hav
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  • 15/09/2017 - Building and fire safety
    The fifth meeting of a Ministerial Working Group, set up to review building and fire safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, has taken place. Communities Secretary Angela Constance and Housing Minister Kevin Stewart received updates from Scottish Government officials and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.   M
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  • 15/09/2017 - Designing Communities
    Communities across Scotland can bid to take part in a new £325,000 scheme to regenerate their neighbourhood, Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart has announced. The Making Places Initiative will help bring communities together to agree improvements for their area based on local need priorities.   The expanded sch
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  • 14/09/2017 - The Government's Programme for Scotland 2017/18 - Briefing
    The Scottish Government’s Programme for Scotland 2017/18 was published on Tuesday 5th September, with plans to introduce up to 16 new bills during the 2017-18 session of the Scottish Parliament. A short summary of key points for Scottish Land & Estates members can be found here...
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  • 14/09/2017 - Survey on housing on tenanted farms
      The Scottish Government is currently carrying out research into the condition of houses on tenanted farms. We have issued surveys to members on behalf of the government which we would encourage members to complete and  return. If you are an agricultural landlord and have not received a survey please call the Scottish
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  • 14/09/2017 - Help shape the future of forestry
      Devolution, pests & pathogens, Brexit, emerging markets, climate change, societal attitudes... just some of the momentous factors influencing our trees and woodlands, those who care for them, and those who rely on their products and services.  Have your say about what these and other issues mean to you by taking part
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  • 14/09/2017 - Business Rates
    Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has announced the Scottish Government is to go ahead with the majority of changes to business rates recommended by the Barclay Review into the levy. As part of the business growth accelerator scheme, firms will be exempt from rates increases for 12 months after they improve or expand their premi
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  • 14/09/2017 - Scottish Affairs Committee membership agreed
      The Scottish Affairs Committee membership for the 2017 Parliament has been agreed. The Committee is chaired by Pete Wishart MP, and is comprised of 3 SNP MPs, 4 Conservative MPs, 3 Labour MPs and 1 Liberal Democrat MP.   Read more...
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  • 14/09/2017 - Voluntary Land Registration
    Registers of Scotland has indicated that average turnaround time for Voluntary Land Registrations for “complex” transactions is currently 14 months.   This will encompass the majority of rural registrations.  It is anticipated that this will be reduced next year with digital transformation changes.
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  • 14/09/2017 - EU Withdrawal Bill: Scottish Government says devolution must be defended
    The Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe, Michael Russell, has told MSPs that the Scottish Government cannot recommend the Scottish Parliament give its consent to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill in its current form. In a statement at Holyrood, Mr Russell set out the Government’s opposition to the Bill’s
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  • 14/09/2017 - Scottish Government consulting on changes to TB compensation arrangements
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