Why living in Scotland is different to the rest of the UK

Since Devolution in 1997, the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood can pass laws on devolved matters – in general, those affecting most aspects of day-to-day life in Scotland.

The UK Parliament at Westminster continues to pass laws on reserved matters – in general, those with a UK-wide or international impact. Devolved matters include (amongst other things):

  • education and training
  • environment
  • health and social services
  • housing
  • law and order

What you need to think about before moving to Scotland

Before moving to Scotland it is worth familiarising yourself with the differences caused by the devolution before you make the move, including:

Information for Service personnel in Scotland

Welcome to Scotland Guide

The Scottish Government published a Welcome to Scotland Guide detailing information on housing, education, healthcare employment benefits and social care to help inform armed forces personnel and families moving into the country.

Welcome to Scotland Guide (gov.scot) >

Veterans Scotland booklet cover

Veterans Scotland

Veterans Scotland offers information, advice and guidance on a range of subjects, including health, housing and employment, for veterans and service leavers living in Scotland.

Veterans Scotland Booklet >

Relevant Policy

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that the lived experience of our Armed Forces in Scotland is positive.  The RAF Families Federation works closely with representatives from the Defence Policy Unit to ensure the needs of our AF families are taken into account.  To find out more about the work that the Scottish Government have done in support of the Armed Forces community, visit GOV.SCOT

RAF presence in Scotland

RAF Lossiemouth is our largest RAF unit in Scotland and is home to 7 squadrons, and a Force Protection Wing all of whom are integral in forming the Northern Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) team.  RAF Lossiemouth is in Moray and links between the station and the council are strong.  Find out more about the work of the Armed Forces Covenant Partnership in Moray.