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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-07098: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 9 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to eliminate what is claimed to be a grey area in succession rules, which means that static motorhomes serving as the main residence of a deceased person are treated differently to a bricks and mortar home.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 24 February 2017

The Scottish Government consulted on recommendations of the Scottish Law Commission for reform of substantive succession law between June and September 2015. The recommendations are based on the removal of the distinction between heritable and moveable property with rights in succession coming from the whole of the estate regardless of the types of property which it comprises.

The Scottish Government is considering the analysis of responses to that consultation together with the findings of a survey of public attitudes towards succession law of just over 1000 people representative of the Scottish population and a targeted Survey Monkey on disinheritance which received over 800 responses.

The analysis of, and the responses to, the consultation together with the Scottish Government’s response will be published when that consideration is concluded and will inform the way forward. The issue raised about static motor homes will be considered in the context of any further reforms to the law of succession.