Scottish Environment LINK’s full response to the environmental principles and governance consultation is available here.
LINK evidence on the draft UK Environment Bill in response to the joint call by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee. January 2019.
LINK submission to the Finance and Constitution Committee’s call for evidence on Common UK Frameworks, August 2018
LINK Response to the Scottish Government consultation on “Developing an Environment Strategy For Scotland: Discussion Paper”, 24 August 2018. LINK Submission to consultation on a Scottish Environment Strategy
LINK’s response to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee call for evidence on EU Environmental and Animal Welfare Principles, 28 March 2018
Scottish Environment LINK submission to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on possible common/shared frameworks and related issues
Scottish Environment LINK members welcome the opportunity to provide oral evidence at the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee meeting of 23 January 2018. Ahead of this meeting, please find below LINK member views on possible common/shared frameworks and related issues. INTRODUCTION Scottish Environment LINK is the forum for Scotland’s voluntary environment community, with … Read More »
Submission to call for evidence on the delegated powers conferred on the Scottish Ministers in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
LINK submission to the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on the delegated powers conferred on the Scottish Ministers in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
A response by LINK’s Brexit Subgroup to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee’s call for evidence for the inquiry to scrutinise Article 50 withdrawal negotiations and their implications for Scotland. Submitted 15 August 2017
A response to the call by Holyrood’s Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee for views on post-legislative scrutiny – July 2017
A response by LINK’s Legal Strategy subgroup to the Scottish Civil Justice Council consultation on draft rules for Protective Expenses Orders. Submitted June 2017
The Environment Links UK response to the Great Repeal Bill White Paper, June 2017. It sets out our collective view on the 2015 UK Government’s White Paper, ‘Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union’ and implications for the proposed Repeal Bill, in relation to issues relevant to the protection of the UK … Read More »
LINK Submission to Dr Ian Duncan MEP Consultation
Response to the consultation on Proposals for Establishing the Interim Body to Manage the Crown Estate Assets in Scotland Post-Devolution
Summary: LINK members regard changes to the management of Crown Estate assets in Scotland as presenting a significant opportunity to improve both the health and governance of Scotland’s terrestrial and marine environment. Our response to the proposals set out in this consultation are that in developing the interim arrangement, Scottish Ministers must: define “good management” … Read More »
A response from LINK’s Governance Group to the Scottish Government consultation on Developments in Environmental Justice, June 2016.
A response from the LINK Governance Group to the Scottish Government consultation on proposals for a Lobbying Transparency Bill, July 2015
Scottish Environment LINK’s reply to the Smith Commission on further devolution.
LINK views submitted to Government in March 2014 on the interim proposals by Brian Pack to reduce red tape in agriculture.
LINK welcomes the opportunity to feed into the SPPA Committee Inquiry into lobbying, to examine whether there is a problem within Scotland, either actual or perceived, with lobbying and, if so, how this can most effectively be addressed. We welcome the intentions to enhance and rebuild trust in the political process and we are keen … Read More »
Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1 LINK Written Evidence to Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
We suport the need for effective, targeted and transparent regulation for the benefit of Scotland. We strongly oppose the introduction of a duty on regulators to contribute to achieving ‘sustainable economic growth’ – the duty should refer instead to ‘sustainable development’.
LINK Response to consultation on Legal Challenges to Decisions by Public Authorities Under the Public Participation Directive 2003/35/EC
Scottish Government is in breach of its obligations under the Aarhus Convention to provide fair and effective access to justive in environmental matters that is not prohibitively expensive. Protective Expense Orders can form part of an Aarhus compliant cost regime, however the proposals outlined in this Consultation will do very little to bring Scotland into compliance, … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK submission to the call for evidence from the Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services (The Christie Commission). Significant progress has been made in the last decade, in legislative and other ways, which point Scotland on a path to sustainability – but this is a challenging goal (with particular reference to … Read More »
LINK believes that the draft APOEE has a very skewed emphasis on how Europe can increase Scotland’s economic growth (as measured by GDP) and fails to give sufficient priority to vital social and environmental issues.
LINK members believe that by recommending that the Directive is transposed “without enhancement”, the Executive and Scottish Ministers will substantially fail to apply the principal aim of the Directive, namely to “make the polluter pay”. It will also fail to meet the aim of Scotland’s Sustainable Development Strategy which states that the “polluter pays principle … Read More »
LINK warmly welcomes this legislation on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). It is an essential tool to ensure that the environment is considered at the beginning of the decision making process.
This proposed legislation marks an important step towards putting the environment at the heart of government and is markedly better than the limited scope for SEA introduced by the Regulations and Directive. In seeking to broaden the application of SEA, we should avoid many of the long-term costs of having to rectify environmental damage arising from … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK members support the call by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations for charity law reform.
LINK believe that the commitment by the Scottish Executive in the Partnership Agreement to legislate to introduce SEA across the range of all new strategies, plans and programmes developed by the public sector in Scotland has the potential to bring environmental consequences to the heart of decision-making, thereby helping to secure a more sustainable environment … Read More »
LINK members have three particular concerns about the draft legislation, which they believe run contrary to its aspirations, could represent a diminishment of the existing rights of access, and appear contrary to the founding principles of the Scottish Parliament.