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A Consultation on the Future of Land Reform in Scotland

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Chapter 4: Assessing impact

99. We believe that by setting out a clear Land Rights and Responsibilities Policy and by implementing a broad range of land reform measures we can deliver a range of social, economic and environmental benefits for local areas.

100. However, it is important that we understand in more detail the impacts that the options set out in this paper may have.

101. During the consultation period we plan to contact stakeholders to discuss the potential positive and negative effects of our proposals and those that others may suggest.

102. Please use these questions to tell us your views on these issues.

Equality

103. The Scottish Government is committed to promoting equality and removing or minimising disadvantage which may be experienced by different groups of people. We have a legal duty to consider the impact of policies on people who may be differently affected in relation to the "protected characteristics" under the Equality Act 2010 of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

104. We also want to consider issues relating to poverty and social justice, to ensure that all individuals and communities are able to access the benefits that the Bill will deliver.

Q. 41. Please tell us about any potential impacts, either positive or negative, you feel the draft Land Rights and Responsibilities Policy or any of the proposals for the Bill may have on particular groups of people, with reference to the "protected characteristics" listed above. Please be as specific as possible.

Q. 42. What differences might there be in the impact of the Bill on individuals and communities with different levels of advantage or deprivation? How can we make sure that all individuals and communities can access the benefits of these proposals?

Business and Regulation

105. A full Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment will be carried out to analyse whether any of the proposed policies are likely to increase or reduce the costs and burdens placed on businesses, the public sector and voluntary and community organisations.

Q. 43. Please tell us about any potential costs or savings that may occur as a result of the proposals for the Bill, and any increase or reduction in the burden of regulation for any sector. Please be as specific as possible.

Privacy

106. A full Privacy Impact Assessment will be conducted to ascertain whether any of the proposed policies will have an impact on the privacy of individuals.

Q. 44. Please tell us about any potential impacts upon the privacy of individuals that may arise as a result of any of the proposals contained in this consultation. Please be as specific as possible.

Environmental

107. The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 ensures those public plans that are likely to have a significant impact on the environment are assessed and measures to prevent or reduce adverse effects are sought, where possible, prior to the main consultation and implementation of the plan.

108. At this early stage in the plan's preparation it cannot determine whether significant environmental effects are likely to arise and the aim is to use this consultation process as a means to fully explore the likely environmental effects. Once completed it is our intention to determine, using the consultation process, what our statutory obligations under the 2005 Act are and how these can best be met.

Q. 45. Please tell us about any potential impacts, either positive or negative, you feel any of the proposals contained in this consultation may have on the environment. Please be as specific as possible.