LINK response to Scottish Government’s consultation on Good Food Nation proposals for legislation. 17 April 2019.
LINK consultation response to ‘Stability and simplicity: proposals for a rural funding transition period’
LINK welcomes the opportunity to offer our thoughts on the short and long-term future of Scotland’s rural sector. We emphasise in particular that: As set out in March 2017, the policy and funding frameworks should be focused on delivering public money for public goods, with more detail available on our thoughts here. In principle, we … Read More »
LINK Agriculture Taskforce response to the Scottish Government consultation: Future CAP Direct Payments in Scotland from 2015, March 2014. Future CAP Direct Payments Consultation – LINK Response
LINK views submitted to Government in March 2014 on the interim proposals by Brian Pack to reduce red tape in agriculture.
LINK’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 – 2020, Stage 2: Final Proposals by Agriculture Taskforce and Woodland Forum.
Scottish Environment LINK welcomes this Stage 1 Consultation on the next Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) and many of the proposals contained within in. In particular we are heartened to see reference to prioritisation and focusing on funds, geographic targeting, approaches to landscape scale and collaborative applications and the potential for integrated applications. LINK thinks Scottish Government should be … Read More »
LINK response to the consultation, 28 June 2013
LINK Agriculture Taskforce’s response to the online consultation on European Commission CAP Reform proposals 2012-2020 – Direct Payments
European Commission CAP Reform proposals 2014-2020 Consultation – Finance and Controls, Response from Scottish Environment LINK
LINK Agriculture Taskforce response to the online consultation on the European Commission CAP Reform proposals 2012-2020 – Finance and Controls
LINK welcomes this report. It helpfully sets out the condition of Scotland’s soils and will help to provide a strategic direction to policymaking on soils and for improving the ability of soils to function in Scotland. We welcome the style of the document in that the chapters in the body of the report follow the theme … Read More »
LINK Agriculture taskforce response to this consultation, 9 pages
Agricultural practice continues to cause significant environmental damage e.g. artificial inputs, and a general decrease in habitat heterogeneity has led to declines in farmland species and reduced the quality of the landscape. The focus of agricultural payments on the more productive types of farming, has also contributed to the abandonment of land which was managed … Read More »
LINK’s response to the Interim Report of the Inquiry into Future Support for Agriculture in Scotland: LINK’s vision for the future of agricultural funding is for a series of tiered payments aimed at delivering public goods which are otherwise undersupplied by the market. This payment system would include a base payment with a series of management requirements attached: payments … Read More »
Response to the The Brian Pack Inquiry into Future Support for Agriculture in Scotland LINK believes that agricultural support should be directed towards promoting sustainable development in rural areas…
Response to Consultation on the Implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy Health Check in Scotland.
We believe that the Scottish Government has opportunities to ensure payments are better directed towards the provision of environmental and other public services provided by particular types of land management.
LINK believes that the current LFASS interim is not effective in securing additional public benefits from land management and is in need of urgent reform. The current scheme neither rewards land managers for the production of public goods nor truly recompenses for disadvantage. In the longer term, LINK believes that a payment targeted to retaining … Read More »
We believe that the proposed initiatives do not adequately take account of the broader issue of native pollinators, which may have far‐reaching consequences for the pollination of Scotland’s crops. Notable among a wide diversity of pollinating insect species are the bumblebees. There are also many species of solitary bee. The current draft strategy considers only … Read More »
We believe that by widely promoting the importance of soils2, and delivering increased protection and management for Scotland’s soil resource, we will secure valuable socio-economic and environmental benefits in both rural and urban areas. We urge the Scottish Government to be ambitious in its efforts to secure these benefits from sustainably managed soils in the … Read More »
We strongly support the idea of a joined up policy looking at all aspects of food production, processing, manufacturing and consumption although we would suggest that a “sustainable food policy” would be a more appropriate title. Our response will concentrate on the environmental aspects of such a food policy. A response to the Scottish Government … Read More »
LINK is broadly supportive of the measures suggested in the consultation. We believe that the proposals should not be weakened in any way. It is important that the Directive is implemented properly now so that constant re-adjustment is not required. For this reason, we would also be keen to see a phosphorus action programme included. … Read More »
The delivery of the SRDP represents a key function of the Scottish Executive and as such must comply with the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 and further the conservation of biodiversity… Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Rural Development Programme for Scotland 2007 – 2013
LINK Agriculture Taskforce has welcomed the proposal for Land Management Contracts (LMCs) and the introduction oflimited Tier 2 measures in 2005. We believe that the full Land Management Contracts, to be delivered in 2007 against the framework of CAP and the new Rural Development Regulation, must focus on the demonstrable delivery of public goods (environmental, … Read More »
The LINK Biodiversity Taskforce welcomed the launch of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy ‘It’s In Your Hands’ (SBS) and supports the concept of its focused delivery through detailed Implementation Plans. LINK members have been heavily involved in developing the Implementation Plans through the various working groups. While we believe the groups have succeeded in identifying what … Read More »