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Scotland needs radical land reform

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Community Land Scotland has declared its commitment to a radical overhaul of land ownership in Scotland.

When you meet others from outwith Scotland, you are reminded just how far behind the rest of Europe Scotland is in land reform.

Land ownership in Scotland is fundamentally unfair and should be transformed with government intervention, according to a leading land reform body.

Community Land Scotland has called on existing land owners to recognise the manifest unfairness of current land ownership patterns in Scotland, which see less than 500 people own over 50% of the land.

The body has reaffirmed its commitment to radical land reform in Scotland in a document called the Bunchrew Land Declaration. It follows a meeting of Scottish and international land reform bodies this week.

David Cameron, the Harris-based chair of Community Land Scotland, said:"Far from land reform being just the interest of a small group of radicals, as it is often portrayed, in fact land reform is a mainstream international cause in which the UN and national governments around the world are actively engaged.

“When you meet with others from outwith Scotland, you are also reminded just how far behind the rest of Europe Scotland is in land reform, most countries having brought about greater land justice in centuries past.”

The Scottish Government set up the independent land reform review group in 2013 to develop innovative and radical proposals that will contribute to land reform in Scotland. The final report from the group is due to be published in May this year.



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