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Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 68 – Grants towards liabilities to pay compensation

346.Subsection (1) provides that the Scottish Ministers may, in certain circumstances, pay a grant to a Part 5 community body or, where relevant, a third party purchaser to assist it in meeting the compensation it has to pay in connection with its exercise of a right to buy.

347.Subsection (2) specifies the circumstances in which payment of such a grant may be permitted and subsection (3) makes it clear that Ministers are not bound to pay a grant even if all the circumstances specified arise.

348.Subsection (4) provides that payment of a grant may be subject to conditions including conditions relating to repayment in the event of a breach.

349.Subsection (5) provides that a grant may be paid only if the Part 5 community body, or third party purchaser where relevant, applies for it, and subsection (6) provides that Ministers may set out in regulations the form of the application and the application procedure.

350.Subsection (7) provides that Ministers must issue their decision on an application for a grant in writing and, where that decision is to refuse to pay a grant, include the reasons for that refusal. Subsection (8) provides that Ministers’ decision on whether to pay a grant or not is final.

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