April 6, 2017

New Land Commission for Scotland

The Scottish Land Commission came into being on 1 April 2017. There are six Commissioners, including one Tenant Farming Commissioner, supported by a small team of administrative staff, based in Inverness. Established under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 its purpose is to provide direction, leadership and strategic thought to land reform in Scotland. In doing so…

March 24, 2017

Consultation – Guidance on Engaging Communities in Decisions Relating to Land

Under Part 4 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the Act”), Scottish Ministers have a duty to issue “guidance about engaging communities in decisions relating to land which may affect communities” (“the Guidance”). The purpose of the Guidance is to encourage land owners and land managers to develop co-operative and positive working relationships with…

March 15, 2017

New forum launched to improve mental health in rural areas

A new forum to improve mental health provision and awareness in rural Scotland has been backed by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing. The National Rural Mental Health Forum aims to raise awareness of mental health in rural areas and brings together organisations including NFU Scotland, RSABI and the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs (SAYFC). To read the…

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