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  • 23/02/2018 - Scottish Government Budget
      The Scottish Government has passed its tax and spending plans for the next year by a vote of 70 to 56, incorporating an additional £170m for local councils demanded by the Scottish Greens in exchange for their support. The final budget includes LBTT relief for first time buyers on properties up to £175,000. 
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  • 22/02/2018 - Inheritance Tax Review
    The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has in the last few days published its scoping document for reviewing Inheritance Tax.  The scoping document says that the overall aim of the review will be to: identify opportunities and develop recommendations for simplifying IHT from both a tax technical and administrative standp
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  • 22/02/2018 - Draft Supplementary Guidance for Midlothian Green Network
    Midlothian Council has announced the publication of draft Supplementary Guidance which sets out where the Green Network can be improved and extended, particularly in areas where significant new development is planned. The council would like to hear your views and the consultation runs until Tuesday 3rd April.   T
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  • 22/02/2018 - Outdoor learning
    More than £860k to increase outdoor learning hours for nursery children. Inspiring Scotland will receive £862,550 to encourage and support greater use of outdoor learning in the early years. Actions they will take include:   Working with eight local authorities to deliver outdoor learning opportunities
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  • 22/02/2018 - Scottish Land Commission to review community right to buy mechanisms
    The Scottish Land Commission is reviewing the effectiveness of current community right to buy mechanisms. The Land Commission has issued a notice on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) asking for contractors to submit tenders to assess the effectiveness of community right to buy mechanisms and to recommend what steps could be tak
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  • 22/02/2018 - Scottish Government backtrack on ‘Negative List’
    Despite vocal opposition from SLE and others, in 2013 the Scottish Government implemented the negative list provisions of EU legislation in order to prevent inappropriate claimants of farm support. It has now transpired that it actually affected so few people that the government has decided to remove the requirement of t
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  • 21/02/2018 - Nominations open for 2018 ‘Helping It Happen’ Rural Awards
      People across Scotland are being urged to highlight the work done by local estates and land-based businesses to help their surrounding communities flourish, as nominations for the Helping It Happen Awards 2018 get underway.   Following a successful inaugural year in 2017, Scottish Land & Estates has declared
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  • 20/02/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 19 February 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 19 February 2018.
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  • 20/02/2018 - Current consultations - 19 February 2018
    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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  • 16/02/2018 - Chairman’s statement on rent reviews
    Last month I published a statement on the Scottish Land & Estates website which announced that my own family business, Annandale Estates, is in the process of conducting rent reviews across a number of our farms. http://www.scottishlandandestates.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6455:statement-from-david
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  • 15/02/2018 - Rural Youth Project launched
    An initiative designed to research and better understand rural young people, aged 18-28, has been launched. The Rural Youth Project coincides with the 2018 Year of Young People and will combine an online survey, year-long in-depth video logs (vlogs) of 15-20 rural young people and a Rural Youth Ideas Festival.  
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  • 15/02/2018 - Rural Innovation Support Service
    A new service designed to provide farmers, foresters and crofters in Scotland with a collaborative way to explore their business ideas. The Rural Innovation Support Service is part of the Scottish Rural Network and is being led by Soil Association Scotland. One of 40 facilitators from one of the partner organisations – SAC
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  • 15/02/2018 - A96 Dualling Hardmuir to Fochabers drop-in sessions
    As part of ongoing community engagement for the scheme, design update drop-in sessions are being held in February and March 2018 in Elgin, Forres and Fochabers. The purpose of these events is to provide an update on the progress that has been made to develop the route options presented in June 2017, and to give public and oth
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  • 15/02/2018 - Cairngorms National Park Forest Strategy consultation
    The Cairngorms National Park Forest Strategy is the key document providing strategic direction on future forest management and the restoration of woodlands in the Cairngorms National Park over the next two decades. The consultation period for the strategy lasts until 23 March 2018. The strategy will replace the Cairngorms For
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  • 15/02/2018 - RHI eligibility
    The UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published its response to the consultation on further proposed amendments to the non-domestic renewable heat incentive scheme. The Government will remove wood-fuel drying as well as drying, cleaning and processing waste as eligible heat uses for n
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  • 12/02/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 12 February 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 12 February 2018.
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  • 12/02/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 05 - 09 February 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 05 - 09 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 12/02/2018 - Current consultations - 12 February 2018
    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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  • 09/02/2018 - Fundraising & Sponsorship Paid Internship (part time, 6 months fixed term), Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland, Edinburgh
      The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) is seeking a graduate or someone of equivalent experience for a paid six-month internship in its fundraising and partnerships department. This is a part-time role for 3 days per week in the first instance, with regular days to be agreed with the line manager
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  • 09/02/2018 - Working for Waders - The Delivering Results-led Collaborative Action Group
    Two workshops, held earlier in 2017, (the overview report is available here) highlighted that there was wide consensus on the need to halt and, where possible, reverse declines in waders.    The Working for Waders Initiative was established to bring people together to encourage new ways of thinking and working, espe
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