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Land Reform in Scotland

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On 5 September 2017 the First Minister, as part of the Programme for Government 2017-2018, set out that we will continue Scotland's land reform journey as we implement the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.  We will continue to prioritise transparency, accountability and community ownership. 


In 2012 the Scottish Government commissioned an independent review of land reform. The Land Reform Review Group took evidence from over 400 people, communities and organisations, before publishing their report, The Land of Scotland and the Common Good, in May 2014.

The Scottish Government welcomed the overall findings of the Report and committed to bringing forward a Land Reform Bill within the Parliamentary term. The Future of Land Reform in Scotland consultation was published to gather the views of the people of Scotland on the proposed legislation.

Following the consultation, the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament in June 2015, and  given Royal Assent on 22 April 2016.


The Scottish Land Commission came into being on 1 April 2017.

On 28 September 2017 the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Climate Change, Roseanna Cunningham, launched the Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement.