We will renew the Community Empowerment Act, and introduce new Land Reform Legislation with a presumption in favour of community buy-outs. And to breathe new life into the economies of rural Scotland we will create a new, £20 million Rural Entrepreneur Fund – providing grants of up to £10,000 to support the creation of 2,000 new businesses.
The SNP delivered the Islands Act, giving specific legal rights to Scotland’s islands to ensure that the government works with and for our island communities. Over the next five years, we will invest at least £30 million in a specific programme to invest in island infrastructure and support a green recovery.
We believe the best people to decide the future of our communities are the people who live in those communities. To further shift the balance of power to communities, we will bring forward a Community Wealth Building Act to redirect wealth, control and benefits to local economies.
The SNP are committed to a tax system that is proportionate to people’s ability to pay. That’s why our plans will ensure those living in lower-band properties A to D – at least 75 per cent of all households in Scotland – will pay the same, or even less, than they do today in Council Tax.