Land reform

Answer:
Half of Scotland is owned by just 500 people, few of whom are actually Scots. As Britain's great land-owning aristocratic families decline, a new breed of foreign laird is exploiting Scotland's arcane land laws to buy up tracts of the Highlands and islands - Europe's last great wilderness.  In 2018/2019 it was reported that the largest landowner owns 221,000 acres (890 km2; 345 sq mi) of land in Scotland. The government believes 57% of rural land is in private hands, about 12.5% owned by public bodies, 3% under community ownership and about 2.5% is owned by charities etc.

Full answer here: Land ownership in Scotland



Land Reform In A Net Zero Nation

Author / Creator: Craig Dalzell

Media type: consultation response

Date published: 2022

Scotland has both a long history of inequality in land ownership and of a failure to correct this inequality.


Land Reform In A Net Zero Nation

Author / Creator: Craig Dalzell

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: 2022

Scotland cannot afford for this latest round of land reform to fail, as at least two previous attempts.


Absentee owners buying up Scottish estates in secret sales

Author / Creator: Carroll, Severin

Media type: Newspaper article/Report

Date published:

Absentee owners buying Scottish land; nearly half of sales of Highland estates went to absentee owners in 2021, without the land going on the open market. In increasing cases, the sales were for environmental offsetting. Two thirds of sales in 2021 were carried out privately,

A Scottish Land Commission Report warned that these trends are threatening attempts to diversify Land ownership, improve the rural economy, and increase transparency and accountability. 


Green finance, land reform and a just transition to net zero

Author / Creator: Jon Hollingdale

Media type: Discussion Paper

Date published: February 2022

Land reform is required to meet the climate change objectives of the Scottish Government.


Highland estates and multi-millionaires bank £1m of taxpayers’ money from Covid-19 grants

Author / Creator: Ally Tibbitt

Media type: Fact check

Date published:

The data obtained by The Ferret shows that around £178m was paid to more than 8,000 recipients by Highland Council. 


Community-based land reform: Lessons from Scotland

Author / Creator: John Bryden

Media type: Academic Paper

Date published: 2007

Drawing on insights from community-based natural resource management and local development,  qualified evidence is offered suggesting that, as in the current Scottish case, community-centric land reform has a promising future. 


Reform Scotland’s Land

Author / Creator: Common Weal

Media type: Video

Date published: 2020

Land reform is a social justice issue. How can democratic decisions about the kind of country we want in the face of a small number of landowners?

 


Back to Life: Mapping Scotland’s Alternative to Grouse Moors

Author / Creator: Lateral North

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: December 2018

An illustrative map – based on real Scottish geographic data – showing what a reformed former grouse moor could look like.


Back to Life: Visions for Alternative Futures for Scotland’s Grouse Moors

Author / Creator: Common Weal

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published:

Of all the possible uses of this land, grouse shooting is not only the least moral, it is by far the least economically effective. In fact, almost any other use will create more value and more jobs per hectare.


Renew: Six policies that can refresh the Scottish Government’s domestic agenda

Author / Creator: Common Weal

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published:

Policies  to renew the Scottish Government’s domestic agenda: 

  • Create a Scottish National Investment Bank
  •  Build the homes and infrastructure that people need
  • Create a world-class childcare system.
  • Give more power to citizens.