New SNP legislation to reform Scottish Crown Estate and give local communities more control


From yesterday:

‘Plans to reform the Scottish Crown Estate, and give local communities more control of its assets, has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Crown Estate Bill will establish a framework for changes in the management of Scottish Crown Estate assets and give communities a stronger voice in how these assets are managed. This will include opportunities for councils and communities to directly manage Scottish Crown Estate assets.  The total capital value of the Scottish Crown Estate assets is £275.7m and the approximate gross annual revenue is £15m.’

As I understand it, the Scotland Act of 2016 led to the transfer of the management of Crown Estate assets and their revenues to Crown Estate Scotland in April 2017.

I take this to mean the revenue is part of the Scottish Government’s tax revenue as King Wiliam IV (above) ‘revoked the income from the Crown estates in Scotland in 1830.’

I’m out of my comfort zone here so I’d welcome comment from more-informed readers.


18 thoughts on “New SNP legislation to reform Scottish Crown Estate and give local communities more control

  1. A C Bruce January 26, 2018 / 11:28 am

    My eyes! My eyes!

    “Ye see yon birkie, ca’d a lord, Wha struts, an’ stares, an’ a’ that; Tho’ hundreds worship at his word, He’s but a coof for a’ that: For a’ that, an’ a’ that, His ribband, star, an’ a’ that: The man o’ independent mind. He looks an’ laughs at a’ that.”

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  2. Bugger (the Panda) January 26, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Regretfully, I haven’t a scooby


  3. Ludo Thierry January 26, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Very apt quoting of poesie by A.C. Bruce! – That’s some pair o’ tights old Willum is displaying in the portrait! John – you apply the descriptor William IV – arguably it should be William III in Scotland. There was William The Lion, then ‘Dutch’ William (co-monarch wi’ Mary Doll) , then this fella. I think our southern neighbours include ‘Stormin’ Norman’ Dook William in their calculations which always confuses issues. I seem to recall reading that The Times in its’ obituary for Willum IV (universally known as ‘The Sailor King’ at the time) reported something along the lines of his having been an essentially kind but ‘stupid’ man. I wouldn’t imagine their current day obituarists would be given that degree of licence – they’d end up in The Tower or something.

    From a very quick glance at info I am gathering that the Crown Estate Scotland revenues have also been transferred – although the SNP Scottish Govt are committing the Marine activity net revenues out to 12 nautical miles to the Islands and coastal communities (see below):

    The Crown Estate in Scotland
    The Crown Estate is a collection of ancient rights, functions and assets owned by the Monarch.
    The Smith Commission recommended that the management of Crown Estate assets in Scotland, and their REVENUES, should be devolved. The Scotland Act 2016 made provision for that through enabling HM Treasury to make a statutory Transfer Scheme. The Transfer Scheme came into force on 1 April 2017.
    The Scottish Government has already committed to providing the net revenue from marine activities out to 12 nautical miles to coastal and island councils.

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  4. Ludo Thierry January 26, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    Hi John – sorry to go off Topic but noticed something on beeb Wales site that, perhaps, adds further info to the topic that has previously run regarding whether there is a difference in how NHS England record their A+E Waiting Times (commencing only from the medical ‘decision to admit’ time – not from the arrival and registering time). This piece reports Wales FM Carwyn Jones has written to the UK Statistics Authority to complain re. Theresa May’s comparison of NHS Wales and NHS England relative performance. Given that Carwyn has written a ‘formal’ letter of complaint I suspect he must be very sure about his information: See below:

    First Minister Carwyn Jones has written to the UK Statistics Authority alleging Theresa May made “misleading” NHS claims at Prime Minister’s Questions.
    He said a comparison of those waiting 12 hours or more at A&E in Wales and England was unfair as the figures are measured in different ways.
    Mr Jones said “selective misuse” of statistics prevented a “fair” debate.
    When challenged by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn about the NHS on Wednesday, Mrs May said the latest figures showed 497 people waiting more than 12 hours in A&E at hospitals in England compared to 3,741 in Wales.
    In a letter to UK Statistics Authority chairman Sir David Norgrove, Mr Jones said it was “simply not a valid comparison”.
    “In England the figures referred to are based on those patients who have waited more than 12 hours from a decision to admit to admission to a ward, whilst the figures for Wales reflect the total time spent in accident and emergency departments,” he wrote.
    “The English figures will not include any of the time which the patient has spent in A&E prior to the decision to admit being taken.”
    The first minister added: “The selective misuse of statistics like this does not allow for a fair debate on the NHS.”

    I guess we’ll learn chapter and verse when David Norgrove responds (if he’s ‘permitted’ to respond?).

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  5. gavin January 27, 2018 / 9:35 am

    Why is there a picture of Lard Baron Georgio Ffoulkes at the top of the article?
    He cuts a fine figure of a Lard-about-town goes he not? All corseted, and dressed up in his “Baron” gear for a night out at some fine “gentleman’s” establishment.( Though he would not be allowed his big knife in Scotland).

    Baron Georgio is fighting day and night (in sweat shop conditions ) to end the power and privilege of Peers —though this takes time, and the task may NEVER be complete!

    Gawd bless you Georgio, you’re a hero to all the poor folks in Cumnock!


    • gavin January 27, 2018 / 9:40 am

      The Guid Baron tweets he is free to manage the Scotland team! Nae mair whisky for that glaikit-heid!


      • johnrobertson834 January 27, 2018 / 9:58 am

        I’ll do it. I was a master of the utterly cynical catenaccio system as a school teacher leading to results (mostly 1 nil and no scoring draws admittedly) for a wee school formerly thumped every week.


      • gavin January 27, 2018 / 11:50 am

        Gladly, I have NOT had that dubious pleasure.
        I will admit that the real Georgio is somewhat broader in the beam than the gentleman pictured above.
        But then, fiddling figures, are what Labour became synonymous for.

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  6. Bugger (the Panda) January 27, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    If his drawers have pish stains, it is Lard Foulkes.

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    • gavin January 27, 2018 / 1:18 pm

      His tassels are somewhat yellowish.—– “Elementary, dear Watson”.

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      • Bugger (the Panda) January 27, 2018 / 1:26 pm


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  7. Ludo Thierry January 28, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    “Alimentary dear Watson?”

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