Land re­form body is now op­er­a­tional

The Oban Times - - Feature -

THIS week marks a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in land re­form in Scot­land with the es­tab­lish­ment of the Scot­tish Land Com­mis­sion.

The new or­gan­i­sa­tion was cre­ated un­der the Land Re­form (Scot­land) Act 2016 to help take for­ward the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s pri­or­i­ties for land re­form.

The com­mis­sion com­prises six com­mis­sion­ers, in­clud­ing a ten­ant farm­ing com­mis­sioner, whose job it is to ad­vise the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and those in­volved in land.

Chair­man Andrew Thin said: ‘ We are re­ally keen to get out and talk with ev­ery­one who has an in­ter­est in the work of the com­mis­sion.

‘ We have pub­lished our in­terim cor­po­rate plan for 2017-18, which out­lines the com­mis­sion’s pri­or­i­ties for the first year, and how we will help to take the next step on the land re­form jour­ney.

‘We are fo­cused on driv­ing land re­form and work­ing to­wards cre­at­ing a fairer more in­clu­sive Scot­land, in which ev­ery­one has a shared in­ter­est in our land, and ev­ery­one looks out for the in­ter­ests of oth­ers.’

The cabi­net sec­re­tary for land re­form Roseanna Cun­ning­ham said: ‘The com­mis­sion will have a key role in re­view­ing pol­icy and leg­is­la­tion, help­ing to in­flu­ence fu­ture de­vel­op­ments re­lat­ing to land own­er­ship and help­ing to en­sure that com­mu­ni­ties in both ru­ral and ur­ban Scot­land are en­abled to make the most of their po­ten­tial.

‘The mem­ber­ship of the com­mis­sion re­flects the fact that land re­form im­pacts on ev­ery sin­gle per­son in Scot­land, with mem­bers from ci­ties, towns, ru­ral ar­eas and a ded­i­cated ten­ant farm­ing com­mis­sioner to deal with the spe­cialised na­ture of this im­por­tant area.

‘I would like to wish all the com­mis­sion­ers the best of luck with their im­por­tant work.’

Roseanna Cun­ning­ham.

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