The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator ("OSCR") has announced plans to embark upon a review of charitable independent schools. Around 50 are to be reviewed from this autumn, to ensure that they continue to meet the charity test – in particular, that they provide public benefit.
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Guidance designed to make planning applications for wind energy developments run more smoothly for developers, planning authorities and the communities affected has been published by the Scottish Government.
As a result of the Scotland Act 2012 the Scottish Parliament has the power to set certain devolved taxes, one of which is a new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) for Scotland which it is proposed will be in place from April 2015 and will replace the current system of UK Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). A consultation paper in relation to this (Taking forward a ScottishLand and Buildings Transaction Tax) was issued by the Scottish Government in June 2012 and is open for comment until 30 August 2012, the information below references proposals outlined in the consultation paper.
The Long Leases (Scotland) Act 2012 received Royal Assent on 7th August 2012. The Act brings to an end to ultra-long leases (those for more than 175 years) by converting them into ownership.
A recent case in the Outer House of the Court of Session considered the right of a GP practice in Dundee to occupy a health centre where there had been no assignation of the lease from the former partners of the practice.