Crown Estate Revenues

– in the Scottish Parliament on 9th December 2020.

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Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

6. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of the devolution of Crown estate revenues to coastal communities. (S5O-04830)

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

No assessment has been made to date of the impact of the funding provided to local authorities from Scottish Crown estate revenues, as that information is only starting to become available. We will undertake the appropriate assessment and will publish details once the necessary information is fully available.

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

I have been able to see the real benefits in my community when Crown estate revenues helped to form part of an emergency fund to save many worthwhile charities that were affected by a recent subsea cable break. How have Crown estate revenues been used to help businesses and third sector organisations that have been more broadly affected by Covid?

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

We have been doing everything that we can to support those affected by Covid, including people and businesses in our coastal areas, which are often reliant on tourism. That is why we widened the remit of the coastal communities fund to include Covid relief and agreed with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities that the allocations that have already been provided to local authorities to date can be carried over into 2021-22. By relaxing the rules for the use of the Crown estate revenues, we are enabling local authorities to use those funds to directly support local coastal businesses, including third sector organisations that are facing the full force of the economic shock from the pandemic.