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SLE welcomes new report on rural housing supply

15 Jul 2020
Press Release

Commenting on a new report published by Savills for the Scottish Land Commission, ‘The role of land in enabling new housing supply in rural Scotland’, Gavin Mowat, Policy Adviser at Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) said: “We welcome this report which sets out recommendations that SLE has been calling for. This includes greater support for...

Eight point plan for Scotland’s green recovery

13 Jul 2020
Press Release

A group of civic and business leaders are today (Mon 13 July) setting out the practical solutions that the Scottish Government should implement now, in order to move Scotland towards a net-zero economy, post Covid-19. The Climate Emergency Response Group (CERG) welcomes the Scottish Government’s Commitments to a green recovery which...

Employment support and training can aid rural economy

9 Jul 2020
Press Release

Additional government funding for employment support and training has been welcomed today by Scottish Land & Estates. Sarah-Jane Laing, chief executive of SLE, said: “The Scottish Government’s announcement of an additional £100m to be made available this year for targeted employment support and training is good news for those in and out...

SLE welcomes measures that can boost recovery in rural Scotland

8 Jul 2020
Press Release

A cut in hospitality and tourism VAT are among the measures Scottish Land & Estates welcomes in delivering a recovery boost to rural Scotland. Mark Tennant, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The cut in VAT for tourism and hospitality is a measure that we have called for and is one we are delighted to see implemented for rural...

Changes to guidance for phase 2 of Scotland’s route map out of the covid crisis

2 Jul 2020
General News

Today (02 July) the First Minster announced changes to the guidance for Phase 2 of Scotland’s route map out of the covid crisis. This has seen the relaxation of several rules due to changing scientific advice and the current levels of infection. The main changes taking place during the remainder of Phase 2 for individuals and businesses...

New Vice-Chairs complete SLE top team

2 Jul 2020
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the rural business membership organisation has appointed two new Vice-Chairs to complete their top team. Dee Ward, who built up and sold an office water cooler business, before buying and running Rottal Estate in the Angus Glens, moves from his current role as SLE Vice Chair (Operations) to become the...

‘Missing’ hen harriers raised with police

25 Jun 2020
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates said today that it has contacted Police Scotland over allegations that two hen harriers have disappeared in the Cairngorms National Park. Tim Baynes, Moorland Director, Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We were made aware today of information that two satellite-tagged hen harriers had stopped transmitting and have...

Protocols for landowning charities and trusts provide opportunity to enhance engagement

25 Jun 2020
Press Release

New protocols for ownership of land by charities and private trusts can aid effective engagement with communities, Scottish Land & Estates said today. The good practice documents, issued by the Scottish Land Commission this week, set out expectations relating to transparency, accountability and governance of land owned by these vehicles...

SLE responds to Westminster Scottish Affairs Committee on coronavirus impact

24 Jun 2020
Press Release

In its written response to the UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee on the impact of coronavirus on Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates, the rural business membership organisation, has said that proper collaboration of governments in the UK is needed for Scotland to thrive post-Covid. Commenting, Stephen Young, Head of Policy at...

Statement on Economic Recovery Report

23 Jun 2020
Press Release

Commenting on the report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery – ‘Towards a Robust, Resilient Wellbeing Economy for Scotland’, Sarah-Jane Laing, Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates said: “A successful economic recovery for Scotland is crucial for our rural communities, some of whom have been hit particularly hard during the...