Chapter 5: Impact Assessment
34. The Scottish Government is committed to promoting equality and removing or minimising disadvantage which may be experienced by different groups of people. We have a legal duty to consider the impact of policies on people who may be differently affected in relation to the "protected characteristics" under the Equality Act 2010.  The protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
Please tell us about any potential impacts, either positive or negative, that you consider the proposals in this consultation may have.
Business and regulation
35. We do not consider that a business and regulatory impact assessment is required, as the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement will not directly impose new regulatory burdens on businesses, charities or the voluntary sector. Any new measures which arise in relation to the Statement will be subject to assessment as appropriate.
Please tell us about any potential costs and burdens that you think may arise as a result of the proposals within this consultation.
36. The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005  ensures those public plans that are likely to have a significant impact on the environment are assessed and measures to prevent or reduce adverse impacts are sought, where possible, prior to implementation of the plan in question.
Please tell us about any potential impacts, either positive or negative, that you consider that any of the proposals in this consultation may have on the environment.