Overall funding for land reform will be increased by £3.4 million in 2017.
The extra cash will support the introduction of new measures for greater transparency
around land ownership in Scotland for communities, tenants and land owners.
Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham,
said the existing Scottish Land Fund budget will be maintained at £10 million.
Some 49 projects were awarded money from the fund this financial year. A similar
number of proposals supporting communities to purchase land are currently in the
It will also support plans introduced in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 Bill
to allow the Scottish Government’s programme for land reform to be taken forward.
Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform,
Ms Cunningham, said: “Scotland’s land is one of our most prized and valuable resources
and has the potential to be a real driver for social justice.
“The further powers contained in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 will help to
ensure that we use our land to its full potential.”
She added: “We are reaffirming our commitment to provide £10 million for the Scottish
Land Fund, which supports a diverse range of urban and rural community groups to
purchase and take control of their own land, making their communities stronger, resilient
and more sustainable.
“I am also pleased to announce additional funding for land reform which allows us
to deliver a range of additional measures to ensure that communities across Scotland
have powers to take control of land, as well as increase clarity around who owns
and manages our land resources.”
This includes plans to establish the Scottish Land Commission, which will be open
for business from April next year. The commission’s aim is to play a key role in
reviewing policy and legislation, helping to influence future developments relating
the ownership and use of Scotland’s land.
There is also a provision to develop arrangements for a Register of Controlling Interests,
which will publish details about land ownership to promote greater transparency.