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We asked

Following a judicial review hearing at the Court of Session, the Court issued a decision in the case of Ola Jasim v Scottish Ministers [2022] CSOH 64 on 9 September 2022.

At the time of the Court’s decision, Scottish Ministers gave an undertaking to review the residency eligibility criteria in advance of the 2023/24 Academic Year (AY) which commences on 1 August 2023.

We asked for views on the residency eligibility conditions that should be considered as part of any new Regulations for the 2023/24 AY.

The Consultation ran from 24th January 2023 to 31st March 2023.

You said

We received 131 responses. 31 were received from organisations primarily based in Scotland, 97 from individuals, and 3 from campaign groups.

Respondents were generally supportive of eligible students requiring a relevant connection to Scotland, including asylum seekers.

The Consultation also highlighted that added flexibility should be considered to the current eligibility rules to enable students to become eligible for funding part way through a course. The current residency conditions determine eligibility at the start of a course.

There were a number of responses in the consultation in relation to armed forces personnel and/or their dependants. Several bodies representing various factions of the Armed Forces were critical of the current policies around access to home fee status and student financial support.

We did

The Scottish Government has published a comprehensive response to the consultation findings at This outlines the changes that are being made in legislation for the 2023/24 AY around the relevant connection to Scotland and support for some asylum seekers.

The Report also highlights some areas where it was not possible to reach a conclusion on and address in the current regulatory timescales. Scottish Government officials will consider these matters further and acknowledge that many of the stakeholder groups who responded to the consultation noted their willingness to engage in more detail on the matter. 

The Scottish Government would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide a written response to the consultation exercise and who took the time to meet with officials especially those individuals who had been adversely impacted by the previous long residence rules.

We asked

We asked for views on the Scottish Government’s proposed definition of ‘Gypsies and Travellers’ for the purposes of section 16B of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, as amended by the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019. This would be provided in Local Development Planning Regulations that will overall support the implementation of the future local development plan system, a system which manages the development and use of land in the long term public interest.

We asked 7 consultation questions. These sought views on our proposed definition of ‘Gypsies and Travellers’, how councils can better involve the Gypsy and Traveller communities in planning consultations and processes, and the impact this (or any) definition would have in businesses and protected characteristics (to inform the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment and Equalities Impact Assessment).  We asked for responses by 15 February 2023, allowing 8 weeks for comments.

As part of this consultation, we also conducted four in-person engagement events with Travelling community members and have been considering the feedback from these events alongside the online responses.

You said

You provided us with 41 responses to our consultation questions. These included responses from 23 organisations and 17 individuals. Respondents included local authorities, housing services, Gypsy/Traveller representative bodies, Travelling Showpeople organisations, third sector organisations and other professional bodies, as well as communities and individuals.

Respondents were generally supportive a definition of ‘Gypsies and Travellers’ to provide clarity on the Evidence Report consultation stage of the local development plan. Key recurring issues with our proposed definition included:

  • The need to recognise ethnic Gypsy/Travellers as a distinct category to Travelling Showpeople
  • The acknowledgement that Travellers stop travelling for various reasons that cannot be pinpointed exactly and thus cannot be listed in one definition
  • The need to ensure that the definition is not so broad that it includes non-travelling people, as the proposed definition included ‘persons who require the provision of land for temporary or permanent living’ and this is not restricted to Gypsies and Travellers

We did

We have taken account of the responses which have informed the final definition to be included in Development Planning regulations, laid in Parliament on the 24th March 2023.  

We asked

Our Wildlife Management in Scotland consultation sought views on a range of topics related to wildlife management, with sections covering grouse moor licensing, muirburn and matters relating to the use of traps and snares. The purpose of the proposals is to address raptor persecution and ensure that the management of grouse moors and related activities are undertaken in an environmentally sustainable and welfare-conscious manner.

The consultation opened on 26 October 2022 and closed on 14 December 2022.

You said

We received 4,863 responses to our consultation questions. These included responses from 129 organisations and 4,734 individuals. Respondents included animal welfare organisations, land management organisations, sporting organisations, conservation organisations, pest controllers and public bodies.

Respondents were generally supportive of the proposed introduction of a licensing scheme for grouse shooting, an expansion of the current muirburn licensing scheme, and the further proposed restrictions relating to wildlife traps. Respondents were also supportive of proposed ban on the use of glue traps.

A full analysis of the consultation is available on the Scottish Government website.

We did

The Scottish Government introduced the Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill to address raptor persecution and ensure that the management of grouse moors and related activities are undertaken in an environmentally sustainable and welfare conscious manner. The Bill will do this by implementing the recommendations of the independent review of grouse moor management (the “Werritty” review). The Bill contains provisions to:

  • Ban the use and purchase of glue traps and introduce licensing and training requirements for certain other types of wildlife traps;
  • Introduce a licensing regime for land used for the shooting of red grouse;
  • License all muirburn; and
  • Introduce enabling powers to allow the Scottish Ministers to extend the role of inspectors appointed under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 to investigate certain wildlife offence.

More information is available on the Parliament website.