Review of the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement

Closed 28 Jan 2022

Opened 5 Nov 2021

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In September 2017, the Scottish Government published the first Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement (the Statement). This set out the principles for land rights and responsibilities in Scotland and was the first of its kind in the world. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 required that seven specific aspects be considered when developing the statement, including respecting human rights, supporting and facilitating community empowerment and furthering sustainable development in relation to land.

The Statement sets out a vision of a strong and dynamic relationship between Scotland’s land and its people. In this vision all land contributes to a modern and successful country, and land rights and responsibilities are recognised and fulfilled. It is founded on six principles that should underpin every decision about land. The first Statement is supported by case studies and advisory notes to provide further background and explanations of how the principles can apply in practice and how they link to other policies.

Scottish Ministers are required to review the Statement every five years. We want to ensure that it remains relevant to current Scottish land issues and so we are seeking your views.

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Why your views matter

This consultation aims to gather views from stakeholders and the public on the current Statement and whether any revisions are required. An analysis report of the consultation will form part of the evidence base for deciding whether to update the Statement.

What happens next

The responses to this consultation will be independently analysed, and the analysis published. Your views will help us to decide whether and how to update the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement. By September 2022,  Scottish Ministers will lay before Parliament a report setting out the consultation that has been undertaken, and either their proposals for amendment or their reasons for not revising the current Statement. 


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