Scottish Land Fund
An isolated Scottish community turned down a £2.7 million scheme to bring badly needed new housing, opportunities and environmental improvements to the area.
Nine out of ten of Scotland’s shooting properties, including some owned by billionaires, are exempt from paying £10.5 million in annual business rates, it is revealed.
A fund set up to help community buyouts is heavily skewed towards a few local authority areas and has spent millions on buying assets already in public ownership.
Residents of a Dumfriesshire village have published a detailed proposal for a community buyout of land owned by the Duke of Buccleuch.