Posts Tagged: Land Reform

Community Wealth Building – Delivering Transformation in Scotland’s Local and Regional Economies: A Briefing Paper for MSPs

  This briefing paper has been prepared for MSPs in advance of the Scottish Government debate on ‘Community Wealth Building – Delivering Transformation in Scotland’s Local and Regional Economies’, taking place in Parliament on May 25th 2022. Community Land Scotland welcomes this timely debate and strongly supports community wealth building as a way of delivering… Read more »

New Community Land Scotland discussion paper calls for radical re-set of policy to effectively link green finance, land reform and a just transition to net zero

  Community Land Scotland (CLS) has published Green finance, land reform and a just transition to net zero, written by Jon Hollingdale, Chief Executive of Community Woodlands Association. The paper is the third in CLS’s series of independent discussion papers on the overarching theme of land reform and the common good.  Previous papers in the… Read more »

Advice to Ministers on a Green Recovery from the Covid-19 Pandemic

Community Land Scotland has written to the Just Transition Commission to reiterate our view that land reform must be an essential component of Scotland’s green economic recovery. How our land and other natural assets, such as forests, renewable energy and marine resources are owned and used is critical to a fair and green future for our… Read more »

Latest Stage of Land Reform Welcomed

Community Land Scotland is today (16.03.16) welcoming the passage of the latest Land Reform Bill. A spokesman said, “Today’s passage of the Land Reform Bill represents important progress in taking Scotland further down the road toward more enlightened land laws and in extending the rights of communities to own land. The Bill that is completing… Read more »

Land Reform – a statement from Aileen McLeod MSP

In a statement regarding the Land Reform Bill, community ownership and the role of Community Land Scotland, Minister for Environment, Land Reform and Climate Change, Dr Aileen McLeod said: The Land Reform Bill will fundamentally change the relationship between the people of Scotland and the land that we live, work and depend on. This Bill is the… Read more »

Manifesto ‘asks’ – Constructing a forward agenda for Land Reform

Community Land Scotland has prepared a short document for consideration by each of the main Scottish political parties as matters we would like to see considered for party manifestos for the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. Read our 2016 Menifesto ‘asks’ (also accessible via our Policy Documents page)

Breakthrough on transparency of ownership

Commenting on the announcement by the Scottish Government that they were now going to create a public Register of the people who really own Scotland, Community Land Scotland said, “Given where we were a week ago, when the Scottish Government seemed to be saying they were yet to be convinced this was possible, today’s announcement… Read more »

Scot Gov releases action plan for 1million acre target

The Scottish Government have recently published an action plan for reaching the target of one million acres into community ownership by 2020, which was set by then-First Minister Alex Salmond at our Annual Conference 2013. Lorne MacLeod, chair of Community Land Scotland said; “We see this as very positive. The target will be tough to… Read more »

Short speeches on Land Reform and Human Rights

On 9th December 2015, Scottish Human Rights Commission held an “Innovation Day” Conference at Dynamic Earth. We have published this paper comprising of the four short speeches delivered at the panel breakout session on the day. The speeches, in turn, were delivered by: Peter Peacock of Community Land Scotland; Megan MacInnes of Global Witness; Dr Kirsteen Shields of Dundee University;… Read more »

Land Reform & Human Rights – new paper published

Megan MacInnes (advisor to campaign group Global Witness) and Dr Kirsteen Shields (lecturer in Public Law and Human Rights at the University of Dundee) have this month published a paper entitled The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill and Human Rights: Key Points and Recommendations. The Abstract follows: This paper supports the view that human rights can be… Read more »