Ludo Thierry

The SNP Scottish Govt managed to, finally, prise control of the Scottish Crown Estates marine revenues from Westminster control via the Smith Commission process.

(Don’t buy into the britnat myth that the Smith Commission was a victory for the Union – In truth it was a further (large-ish) step on the long march to Indy). That fuller control (year 1) of the Scottish Crown Estates is now starting to feed through into REAL financial benefits for Scotland’s coastal communities (rather than being ‘spaffed’ up the wall by Johnson and Co).

Under Westminster control – Funds provided = £4.2M over TWO year budget period 2017-2019.

Under SNP SCOTTISH Govt control = £7.5 M for ONE year budget period 2019-2020. Link and snippets below:

Coastal communities are to benefit from £7.5 million of revenue generated from the Scottish Crown Estate’s marine assets in the first year of devolved management.

Agreed with COSLA, the new arrangement means that 26 local authorities will receive an allocation from the net revenue of the Scottish Crown Estate based on each council’s share of the adjacent sea area.

Announcing the allocation, Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “The new funding arrangement will see coastal communities receive 100% of revenue generated from the Estate’s marine assets out to 12 nautical miles around Scotland, enabling them to better fund and support local projects and initiatives.

“This government is delivering on our commitment to bring financial benefits to communities from the Scottish Crown Estate marine assets and enabling more decisions to be taken at the local level.”

Background The allocation of £7.5 million being made in 2019/20 for coastal community benefit in Scotland is higher than the funding that was previously available under the old Coastal Communities Fund (CCF). Under round four of the CCF the total amount available to coastal communities in Scotland was £4.2 million for the overall period from 2017 to present.

The total amounts available to each coastal council under this year’s allocation, from net revenue generated from the Scottish Crown Estate marine assets out to 12 nautical miles in 2017/18, are based on a distribution method agreed with COSLA.

It is envisaged that this funding will replace the Coastal Communities Fund in Scotland, which was limited to significantly lower levels of investment for Scottish coastal communities. There are therefore no plans to run future rounds of that fund in Scotland.

Scottish Govt + Day Job = Expertise in Action + Benefits for Scotland. Let’s shout it from the roof tops folks.