Published: 13th Dec 2019

The number of community-owned assets is increasing across Scotland, according to official figures. According to new figures published by Scotland’s chief statistician, the number of assets under community ownership rose by 7% between 2017 and 2018. The Community Ownership in Scotland 2018 report shows that as of December 2018 there were 593 assets in community ownership, owned by 429 community groups and with a total area of 209,810 hectares, 2.7% of the total land area of Scotland. In 2018, 37 assets came into community ownership, an increase of 7% from 556 in 2017, comprising an additional 3,223 hectares. There were 27 community groups which took ownership of assets for the first time in 2018. Nearly half of community owned assets in Scotland are pieces of land (296), with a third (199) exclusively buildings, according to the report. Most assets will fall into the category of land, buildings or both. The two … (To read the full article, subscribe below)