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  • Timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill

    The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 extends and enhances the rights of unpaid carers in Scotland by giving ALL carers the right to an adult carer support plan or young carer statement. These documents identify the outcomes that are important to the carer; their needs; and any support to be provided.... More
    Opened 2 days ago
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Bill: Consultation

    The Scottish Government has made a commitment to strengthen the existing legislative framework for the protection of women and girls from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a form of gender based violence. This consultation seeks views on this, and also seeks views on additional provisions... More
    Closed 2 days ago
  • Inshore Fisheries Pilot: Inner Sound of Skye - A Consultation

    The Scottish Government launched the Inshore Fisheries Pilots initiative in July 2017 with the aim of exploring alternative approaches to managing inshore fisheries. The initiative seeks to explore two approaches to fisheries management: a more localised approach where fishing... More
    Opened 3 days ago
  • Transportation Noise Action Plan

    The Environmental Noise Directive (END) was adopted in 2004 and requires member states to bring about measures which are intended to avoid, prevent or reduce, on a prioritised area basis, the harmful effects, including annoyance due to the exposure to environmental noise. The Directive... More
    Closed 4 days ago
  • Proposals for Changes to Protected Trust Deeds

    The Scottish Government has a range of statutory debt solutions to help those dealing with debt - bankruptcy, protected trust deeds (PTDs) and the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS). The consultation seeks views on proposals to help address some concerns identified with the operation of PTDs.... More
    Opened 4 days ago
  • Job Grant Consultation

    The Scottish Government is consulting on its key eligibility criteria and format of the Job Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland to support young people moving back into employment. The grant will be paid to 16-24 year olds (up to 26 years old for care leavers)... More
    Opened 4 days ago
  • Defamation in Scots law

    In December 2017 the Scottish Law Commission (“the Commission”) published their Report on Defamation which aimed to reform Scots law on defamation. This consultation seeks views on some recommendations made by the Commission in the following areas: The statutory threshold test of... More
    Opened 6 days ago
  • Reducing health harms of foods high in fat, sugar or salt

    Too many of us in Scotland have a poor diet and an unhealthy weight, which can have a negative impact on our health and wellbeing. This is in part because we generally consume too many calories and too much fat, sugar and salt. In seeking to reduce population-level intakes of calories, fat,... More
    Closed 2 weeks ago
  • Mesothelioma Quality Performance Indicators Consultation

    Under the auspices of the Scottish Cancer Taskforce, National Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) were developed to drive continuous quality improvement in cancer care across NHSScotland. In order to ensure success of the National Cancer QPIs in driving quality improvement it is... More
    Opened 2 weeks ago
  • Consultation on Scottish Charity Law

    This consultation seeks views on potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland, in light of proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The proposals broadly focus on improvements to charity law that would increase transparency and... More
    Opened 2 weeks ago
  • The future of civil partnership in Scotland

    The consultation sets out two options for the future of civil partnership in Scotland. The first involves closure of civil partnership to new relationships from a specific date in the future. The second involves making civil partnership available to opposite sex couples. More
    Closed 1 month ago
  • Consultation on protective orders for people at risk of domestic abuse

    The consultation seeks views on proposals to create new protective orders that could be used to keep people at risk of domestic abuse safe by banning perpetrators from their homes and on also seeks views on whether changes are needed to the current system of exclusion orders which allow a victim... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Good Food Nation Proposals for Legislation

    Scottish Ministers remain committed to the concept and reality of Scotland as a Good Food Nation. A great deal of work is already happening now to make a real and positive difference to the lives of the people of Scotland: helping to improve their access to, and understanding of, the... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Transforming Parole in Scotland

    The aim of this consultation is to seek your views on further reforms we are considering making to our justice system to improve the experience of victims in the parole process, increase openness and transparency of the Parole Board for Scotland and ensure the independence of the Parole Board is... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • A consultation on the Scottish Government's preferred policy position on unconventional oil and gas (UOG), the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report, and partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA)

    The Scottish Government is currently finalising its policy position on the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland. As part of that process we are inviting views on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and partial Business, Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of our... More
    Closed 1 month ago
  • Consultation on Prisoner Voting

    This is the Scottish Government’s consultation on Prisoner Voting. It sets out the Scottish Government’s proposal for ensuring compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights on the matter of prisoners voting. The proposal relates to Scottish Parliament and local government elections. ... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Amendments to Scottish Road Works Regulations 2018

    Minor amendments are need to both the Road Works (Qualifications of Operative and Supervisors (Scotland) Regulations 2017 and the Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2017. This consultation seeks views on both proposed amendments. More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues in relation to Policing: Independent Review

    Dame Elish Angiolini’s Independent Review has been established to look at all aspects of police complaints handling, investigations and misconduct. This Call for Evidence is being issued to the public to help inform that Independent Review. Evidence is welcomed from all individuals or... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011: Consultation on the revised Model Records Management Plan

    The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 requires named Scottish public authorities to produce and submit a records management plan (“RMP”), setting out proper arrangements for the management of an authority’s public records, to the Keeper of the Records of Scotland (“the Keeper”) for his... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Policing during miners' strike: independent review

    This is a general call for evidence on the impact of policing on affected communities in Scotland during the period of the miners’ strike from March 1984 to March 1985. Evidence is sought from affected individuals and representative groups. The evidence gathered in this exercise will help... More
    Closed 1 month ago
  • Consultation on The Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2019

    Section 67 of The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 inserts a new section 26A into the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 in relation to continuing care. Continuing care is defined in new section 26A(4) of the 1995 Act as meaning the same accommodation and other assistance as was being... More
    Closed 1 month ago
  • Consultation on Young Carer Grant Regulations

    The Scottish Government is consulting on the development of the policy and regulations for the Young Carer Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland. The grant will provide a £300 one-off payment, which can be applied for annually for young carers aged 16-17 (and... More
    Closed 1 month ago
  • Consultation on the use of narrow trenching in Scotland's roads

    This consultation seeks opinion on a proposed revision to the code which is made under Section 130 of the New Road and Street Works Act 1991(“NRSWA”). The Scottish Government believe a revision to the code is now necessary to take into account the increasing use of narrow trenching as a... More
    Closed 1 month ago
  • Motorsports On Closed Public Roads

    Scotland has a long and proud tradition in the world of motorsports and the Scottish Government recognise the need to balance the potential for economic benefit and public enjoyment from such events with a high degree of safety, both for spectators and road users. Local authorities currently... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Proposals for reform of the annual canvass

    Following pilots of four different models for conducting the annual canvass of electors in 2016 and 2017 across the UK, we are publishing this joint policy statement setting out detailed proposals for the modernisation of the annual canvass in England, Scotland and Wales and requesting feedback... More
    Closed 2 months ago
  • Consultation on Licensing of Dog, Cat and Rabbit Breeding Activities in Scotland

    This consultation is seeking views on proposals to introduce new regulations for the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland. This consultation covers the proposals for a modern system of licensing for dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities allowing for independent... More
    Closed 2 months ago
  • Local Governance Review: Democracy Matters: Your Community. Your ideas. Your Future.

    The way we live our lives is constantly changing; just think of all the changes that have happened in your lifetime. Democracy is changing too. It used to be that most citizens were content to cast their vote and then leave the decisions to others. Increasingly people want to share in... More
    Closed 2 months ago
  • Consultation on Review of Scottish Government’s suite of Good Practice Principles for Renewable Energy Developments

    The Scottish Government has a suite of Good Practice Principles as follows: Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments . Shared Ownership of Onshore Renewable Energy Developments . Community Benefits from Offshore Renewable Energy Developments . These... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Improving Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and interventions for victims of domestic abuse

    A multi-agency risk assessment is a regular, local meeting where information about domestic abuse victims at risk of the most serious levels of harm (including murder) is shared between representatives from a range of local agencies to inform a coordinated action plan to increase the safety of the... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019-29

    Diverse and versatile forests and woodlands are located across Scotland and serve both our rural and urban communities; they are valuable natural assets, providing a range of benefits which support sustainable and inclusive economic growth, sustain livelihoods, enhance our environment and... More
    Closed 2 months ago
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