Scottish Crown Estate Act 2019 (Revenues)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Gillian Martin Gillian Martin Scottish National Party

7. To ask the Scottish Government how much coastal communities in the north-east have received in Crown Estate revenues since the Scottish Crown Estate Act 2019 came into force. (S5O-04242)

Photo of Mairi Gougeon Mairi Gougeon Scottish National Party

In September 2019, the Scottish ministers announced new funding arrangements whereby coastal community benefit would be sourced from the net revenue of the Scottish Crown Estate. That announcement included £7.2 million-worth of funding to coastal local authorities in 2019-20, based on a distribution formula that had been agreed with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

Of that amount, more than £500,000 was provided to council areas in the north-east for coastal community benefit. A further announcement will be made in due course on the allocation of funding for 2020-21.

Photo of Gillian Martin Gillian Martin Scottish National Party

As the revenues from the Crown Estate are allocated to local authorities, will there be an assessment of how that funding has been delivered to community projects by local authorities? Will there also be an appraisal of the guidance that is available to communities that are looking to make applications?

Photo of Mairi Gougeon Mairi Gougeon Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government’s monitoring arrangements will be used to develop a report on how the funding has been used by local authorities. That will include information on funding to individual community projects.

We have requested information from councils on how they plan to use that funding. As members can imagine, we will be looking at that information with some interest.

We are also in discussion with COSLA and the stakeholder advisory group on the Crown Estate about the potential need for guidance for local authorities.

However, I highlight that nothing is preventing communities from making a request to their local authority for a share of that net revenue for the benefit of their own coastal communities.