Beyond the Horizon: Land reform goes into legislative overdrive

25/06/2015
CommonWeal

By Dr Calum Macleod

SCOTLAND’S land reform process is giving a pretty good impression of being in legislative overdrive.

Last week the Scottish Parliament passed the Community Empowerment Act containing, amongst other things, long overdue provisions to simplify the ‘Crofting Community’ and ‘Community’ Rights to Buy land and extend the latter’s coverage to urban as well as rural areas.

Yesterday the Scottish Government published its long-awaited Land Reform Bill, embryonic legislation that the SNP claims will help permanently redraw the relationship between Scotland’s people and land in the interests of fairness, equality and social justice.

Click here to read Dr Macleod’s analysis of the Bill on Beyond the Horizon.

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