• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 18/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 18 September 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 18 September 2017.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...  

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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