Bute campaign group in land reform call

Dr Aileen McLeod MSP, the Scottish Government's minister for environment, climate change and land reform, launches a consultation on the future of land reform in December 2014.
Dr Aileen McLeod MSP, the Scottish Government's minister for environment, climate change and land reform, launches a consultation on the future of land reform in December 2014.

The Bute campaign group set up to campaign for a Yes vote in last year’s independence referendum has called for a ban on ownership structures which enable large land owners to avoid paying tax.

The former ‘Yes Bute’ group - now known as ‘Yes Bute - Moving Forward’ - made the call in its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of land reform in Scotland.

The group’s submission states that the top three priorities for government action should be:

1. To establish a central register of all land ownership, use and value in Scotland to which the public have access free of charge.

2. To introduce tax measures which support the land reform objective, abolish tax reliefs currently available to large land owners and prohibit ownership structures designed to avoid tax.

3. To introduce a procedure for community land purchase, which balances current land use with community proposals for alternative use. Decisions about proposed land use should be based on a transparent ‘public interest test’.

* More detail in this week’s edition of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, March 5.