LINK provided written and oral evidence at Stage 1 of the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill. We support regulatory reform that integrates and streamlines regulation while affording environmental protection. A healthy, functioning and well-protected natural environment is an essential prerequisite for a sustainable economy and for the wellbeing of society. However, LINK expressed concern at the … Read More »
LINK is concerned by an economic growth duty for regulators because there is no legal definition of ‘sustainable economic growth’ and therefore no assurance that it aligns with the principles of sustainable development.
LINK written evidence to the Local Government and Regeneration Committee covering planning; regeneration; local government, sustainability and Scotland’s environment.
Written evidence from Scottish Environment LINK to the Scottish Parlaiment’s Europe and External Relations Committee. WE believe that transpositions should be fit for purpose, reflect agreed national policy priorities and seek to be consistent with existing legislation wherever possible. LINK recommends that Government and Parliament should work together closely to set up a transparent, stakeholder-accessible … Read More »
Strategic Environmental Assessment is a tool for factoring in environmental consideration at the beginning of the decision making process. Enshrining SEA in primary legislation, fit for Scotland, is a significant step towards factoring the environment into decision making. The introduction and application of Strategic Environmental Assessment should help us avoid many long-term costs of having … Read More »
There is one issue on which we would seek clarification from the Executive. Clause 34(2)(a) appears to us to be drafted somewhat ambiguously; this clause should reflect the current practice of JNCC and the individual nature conservation bodies, such as SNH. We, therefore, seek assurance from the Executive that, while liaison with JNCC and collective … Read More »
LINK welcome this bill as a significant step towards putting the environment at the heart of government and note that it 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 … Read More »
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 »
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’.
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 »
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Scottish Environment LINK today issued a major policy challenge to the constitutional campaigns – tell us why YOUR option for change best meets OUR aspirations? In a leaflet, LINK has published its 10 point vision of a sustainable Scotland – including sustainable development to improve people’s lives, fighting climate change and protecting and enhancing our … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK today published a major report – Governance Matters, The Environment and Governance in Scotland – reviewing the environment movement’s experience of working with all branches of government since the 1999 re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament. While welcoming the democratic progress made in Scotland since devolution, the report notes and offers criticism of serious … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK, the umbrella group for Scotland’s environmental organisations, is calling for the creation of an independent body to ensure that Scotland is a world leader in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The call follows the introduction to the Scottish Parliament last week of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill, which LINK welcomes as a mechanism … Read More »
This paper summarises the LINK network’s views on how and why Government should aim to protect Scotland’s environment in the leaner economic climate ahead Challenging spending decisions lie ahead for the public sector in Scotland as a consequence of the Westminster Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), the Independent Budget Review (IBR) and the Scottish Budget Bill, … Read More »
We are disappointed that the UK Government has decided to close the Sustainable Development Commission in London and aware that this is likely to have implications for the future of SDC Scotland. Independent advice, support and scrutiny of government efforts towards delivering sustainable development is critical and SDC Scotland plays a valuable role in supporting … Read More »
An independent body to oversee strategic environmental assessment in Scotland: bureaucratic burden or efficient accountable administration? This report intends to inform the debate about whether an independent organisation to administer Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is needed to support the Scottish Ministers desire to make Scotland a world leader in SEA. Interlocking roles an independent body … Read More »