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Affordable homes landlords should have access to funds to help with energy efficiency

13 Sep 2019
Press Release

Private Landlords who commit to providing affordable housing should be given the same financial support as housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their properties says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the rural business association. In its response to the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)...

Bew Review funding boost welcomed by SLE

5 Sep 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed news that Scottish farmers will receive an extra £51.4 million over the next two years, in addition to the £160m allocated in the Spending Round on Wednesday. The £51.4m pot of new money comes as the Lord Bew Review of farm funding, commissioned by the UK Government, is published today. Sarah-Jane...

SLE welcomes convergence funding announcement

4 Sep 2019
Press Release

Following on from today’s announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, that the UK Government intends to provide an extra £160 million for Scottish farmers, Stephen Young, Head of Policy at Scottish Land & Estates said: “The commitment from the Chancellor to address past discrepancies in the allocation of convergence...

SLE support call for convergence funding for Scotland

4 Sep 2019
Press Release

Responding to Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing’s calls for the UK Government to right the ‘historic injustice’ of the convergence funding for Scottish farmers, Stephen Young, Head of Policy at Scottish Land & Estates said: “The Prime Minister needs to see through his promise and ensure Scottish farmers receive the £160...

SLE statement on Programme for Government

4 Sep 2019
Press Release

Commenting on today’s Programme for Government, Sarah-Jane Laing, Executive Director of Scottish Land & Estates said: “Today’s commitment from the Scottish Government to renew their focus on land use partnerships and to support land managers in the fight against climate change is a welcome step forward for communities across rural...

Scottish Land & Estates pays tribute to The 10th Duke of Roxburghe

29 Aug 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates today paid tribute to the 10th Duke of Roxburghe, who died today. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Everyone in the land business community will be deeply saddened that the Duke of Roxburghe has finally lost his battle with cancer - an illness he fought with great courage and...

SLE statement on RSPB Bird Crime publication

28 Aug 2019
General News

Following publication today of the RSPB ‘Bird Crime’ report, Scottish Land & Estates – whose membership includes sporting estates across Scotland – issued the following statement. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Significant progress has been made in tackling unacceptable raptor persecution over the last decade...

SLE appoints new Head of Policy

21 Aug 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates, the rural business organisation, has appointed a new Head of Policy. Stephen Young joins SLE from the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS), where he was project manager. In his new role, Stephen will be responsible for managing SLE’s policy team at its Musselburgh HQ, as well as leading development of...

Finalists announced for 2019 Helping it Happen Awards

19 Aug 2019
General News

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2019 Helping It Happen Awards. Now in its third year, the campaign and its annual Awards are becoming increasingly renowned as champions of rural business and entrepreneurship in Scotland. High numbers of entries into all nine categories demonstrate strong support and appreciation of the...

Calls for bigger fines and longer prison sentences for wildlife criminals

16 Aug 2019
Press Release

People convicted of wildlife crimes such as deer poaching, hare coursing and bird of prey persecution should receive bigger fines and longer prison sentences than currently available says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation which represents landowners and rural businesses. In its response to the Scottish Government...