Measures to reform Scotland’s land in a green, fair and responsible way

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From SNP Media yesterday:

The SNP has today announced an ambitious package of measures to reform Scotland’s land in a green, fair and responsible way.

Mairi McAllan, the SNP’s candidate for Clydesdale and climate action champion, set out five steps the SNP will take if re-elected:

  • Increase our tree-planting targets by 50% – from 12,000 hectares up to 18,000 hectares by 2025
  • Invest £250m to support the restoration of 250,000 hectares of Scottish peatland by the end of the decade
  • Address biodiversity loss and protect at least 30% of our land by 2030 with an investment of £500m
  • Introduce a Land Reform Act as recommended by the Scottish Land Comission, set up by the SNP in 2016
  • Double the funding available for community buyouts from £10m to £20m by the end of the parliament

Commenting, Mairi McAllan said:

“Our land is one of our key resources in Scotland – and one many countries can only dream of. We should harness and work with it in a way that is green, fair and sustainable.

“Scotland is already delivering more than 80% of all new tree planting in the UK but we will go further and increase our targets by 50%, from 12,000 hectares up to 18,000 hectares by 2025.

“And by the end of this decade, we’ll have invested £250m to support the restoration of 250,000 hectares of Scottish peatland, as well as £500m to address biodiversity loss.

“Making better use of our land and ensuring it is properly cared for is what is driving our ambitious land reform agenda, which is why our community funding has backed buyouts of land and community assets across the country and why we will bring in a new Land Reform Act as recommended by the Land Commission and double the funding available for community buyouts.

“These steps – tackling the climate crisis, transitioning to sustainable living, creating new industries to help us reach net zero, and protecting our land and our environment are all central to our recovery from the pandemic and to our future as a nation.

“To secure a greener and fairer future, the experienced leadership of Nicola Sturgeon, and a commitment to put Scotland’s future intoScotland’s hands, vote SNP on May 6th.”


Notes for editors:

https://twitter.com/theSNP/status/1382280039690035204

3 thoughts on “Measures to reform Scotland’s land in a green, fair and responsible way

  1. But nothing about the ludicrous situation in Scotland where so much land is owned by people who have no title deeds for the property , the law allows them to sell the property as long as they tell the buyer that if someone comes along at a later date with title deeds they lose their money and the property.
    Really what should happen is that people with no title deeds should not be allowed to sell the property or pass it on in any other way.The state should take ownership when the owner dies.
    SNP too soft pandering to the rich , its really only the rich that own property without title deeds the rest of us are forced to pay thousands for title deeds.

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  2. It’s a start, but only once independent can lasting reform be introduced, primary among which should be a land tax.
    The tax advantage London has maintained over property and land is an abomination in this day and age.

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