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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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  • 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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