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.
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?
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.
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.