SNP’s land reform could cost taxpayer £600m

25 Mar 2015

The Scottish Government’s controversial land reform plans could cost the taxpayer more than £600 million, experts have warned.

Scottish Land and Estates told MSPs in Holyrood today that families whose land was broken up and reallocated against their will would have to be compensated by the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Conservatives warned the SNP one of the unintended consequences of the change would be huge compensation bills.

Earlier this month the party also said the SNP’s land reform proposals were rooted in class warfare, but would have a detrimental impact on food production on rural economies.


Scottish Conservative Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser said:


“This research shows that the Scottish taxpayer could be left stumping up a huge compensation sum to landowners as a result of the SNP’s ill-judged land reform agenda.

“There’s a lot we could buy with £600 million – putting it into the pockets of large estate owners makes no sense on any level.

“Once again we see a central-belt SNP government that simply doesn’t understand rural Scotland.

“The SNP is trying to hide behind shooting estates in a bid to turn this into a class warfare.”


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The Scottish Conservatives have been critical of the SNP’s land reform plans: