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  • Consultation on cattle identification and traceability in Scotland

    The Scottish Government is seeking views on changes to cattle identification and traceability regime within Scotland. Introduction of Bovine electronic identification (EID) has been a longstanding industry request. It is seen by many in the farming sector as an opportunity to modernise and improve on efficiencies whilst supporting competitiveness within the supply chain. Use of technology can also provide additional health and safety benefits in being able to read cattle at a... More
    Opened 4 April 2024
  • Consultation on a proposal to phase out the use of cages in Scotland’s laying hen sector

    The Scottish Government is committed to improving the welfare of laying hens by addressing the issue of confinement, so that birds have the freedoms to exhibit their normal behaviours. The 2021 and 2023 Programmes for Government made several animal welfare commitments, including to consult stakeholders on phasing out the use of cages for laying hens and gamebirds. This drive to ban cages reflects a demand from society to move to more ethical production systems. The... More
    Opened 2 April 2024
  • Ending conversion practices in Scotland: consultation

    In the 2022-2023 Programme for Government (PfG), the Scottish Government reaffirmed its commitment to introduce a Bill on ending conversion practices in Scotland, including both sexual orientation and gender identity. The UK Government committed in its 2018 LGBT Action Plan to end the practice of conversion therapy and published a consultation in October 2021. However, a Bill has not been included in the UK Government’s legislative programme 2023-2024. The Expert Advisory... More
    Closed 2 April 2024
  • Implementing the prohibition of the sale and supply of single-use vapes in Scotland: your views

    The Scottish Government, along with the UK Government and the Welsh Government, are proposing to introduce a prohibition on the sale and supply of single-use vapes (hereafter referred to as a ban on single-use vapes). We have gathered views on our approach to this legislation through the consultation on Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping which ran from Oct-Dec 2023. The government response to this consultation can be found online. ... More
    Opened 2 April 2024
  • Meeting our '30 by 30' biodiversity commitment on terrestrial and freshwater sites: consultation on legislative proposals

    The Global Climate Emergency and the Nature Emergency are twin reinforcing crises: the actions we take to address each are fundamental to our wellbeing and survival as a species. There is now an indisputable body of evidence that biodiversity, both globally and in Scotland, is in real trouble. Our efforts to address the crisis to date have generated some lessons and local successes but we urgently need to accelerate and scale up those efforts to drive landscape and seascape scale recovery.... More
    Opened 2 April 2024
  • Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018: proposed amendments

    The Environmental Authorisation (Scotland) Regulations 2018 amendment will bring together all the permissioning arrangements for Scottish Environment Protection Agency's (SEPA’s) four main regulatory regimes (water, waste, radioactive substances and Pollution Prevention and Control) into an integrated structure and under a single standardised procedure. These authorisations are an integral tool in SEPA’s approach to controlling and minimising the impact of certain activities on... More
    Closed 31 March 2024
  • Managing deer for climate and nature: consultation

    Achieving sustainable deer populations is fundamental to our ability to meet our climate and biodiversity goals. Herbivores, including deer, have an impact on our natural environment through trampling young habitats, overgrazing and preventing new trees from growing but it is important to understand that the impact is not simply through new damage to habitats, but that decades of herbivore impact is preventing nature recovery across some of the most nature depleted areas of Scotland. ... More
    Closed 29 March 2024
  • Guidance on inclusive design for town centres and busy streets

    When the design of town centres and busy street environments does not fully take into account the needs of all members of the community, people may become excluded from these areas and the essential functions that they provide. Potential barriers to access should be removed and not included in any scheme. This national guidance has been developed to support the design of town centres and busy streets that are inclusive. It is based on the premise that if the area is designed... More
    Closed 29 March 2024
  • Facilitating marine nature restoration through legislation

    Why we are consulting Over the last few years we have seen a strong groundswell of interest from local communities across Scotland who want to take part in nature restoration in the marine environment. Restoration activity comes in many shapes and sizes, but most projects currently in the water in Scotland are small, community-led initiatives that undertake some form of habitat (re)creation or species reintroduction, for example by planting seagrass and placing native oysters on... More
    Opened 21 March 2024
  • Draft Bioenergy Policy Statement: Consultation

    Bioenergy is already a key component of our energy system and contributes to a more circular economy, by turning wastes into valuable resources which can be used for electricity and heat production or to displace fossil fuels in our gas network and transport systems. With the impacts of climate change becoming ever more acute, it is essential that we meet our ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2045. The Scottish Government's draft... More
    Opened 20 March 2024
  • Scottish Court Fees 2024-2025

    The Scottish Government, in consultation with the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS), usually undertakes a review of the court fees raised in the majority of Scotland’s courts every 3 years and, as a result, new court fees are set for the following 3 years. The courts involved in such reviews are: the High Court of Justiciary the Court of Session the Sheriff Appeal Court the Sheriff Court including the Sheriff Personal Injury Court the Justice of... More
    Opened 18 March 2024
  • Enabling powers for Scotland's Environmental Impact Assessment regimes & Habitats Regulations

    We are seeking views on proposed enabling powers that would better allow for future amendments to Scotland’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regimes and Habitats Regulations. These are key legislative frameworks which underpin environmental protection and assessment processes. The proposed enabling powers would help replace powers lost as a result of the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), and would help ensure the relevant legislation can remain fit for purpose in future. ... More
    Opened 18 March 2024
  • Scotland's draft Circular Economy and Waste Route Map to 2030 - consultation

    Through this consultation we set out our proposals for the Circular Economy and Waste Route Map to 2030, our strategic plan to deliver Scotland’s sustainable resource and circular economy ambitions to 2030. It is designed to drive progress on three key fronts: Setting the strategic direction and laying foundations for how we will deliver our system-wide, comprehensive vision for Scotland’s circular economy from now to 2030 – based on Responsible... More
    Closed 15 March 2024
  • Use of remote technology in school admission and exclusion appeal hearings: Consultation

    Background Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, education authorities and education appeal committees faced significant challenges in meeting the statutory requirements of the legislation that apply to school admission and exclusion appeal hearings. In response to their concerns amended regulations provided education authorities and appeal committees with greater flexibility, to enable appeal hearings to continue to be heard in a timely way. This included amending the timescales and... More
    Closed 12 March 2024
  • Cancer Care: Thyroid Cancer Quality Performance Indicators - Consultation

    We welcome your views on the Draft Thyroid Cancer Quality Performance Indicator Engagement Document . Please refer to this document for full details of each QPI. Please provide comments whether they be on all individual Quality Performance Indicators or only those relevant to you. In particular we are looking for comments on: the appropriateness of the QPIs that have been developed the target levels that have... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • Social Housing Net Zero Standard in Scotland

    This consultation seeks views on a new Social Housing Net Zero Standard (SHNZS) in Scotland. This new standard will replace the second Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH2). The Scottish Government wants all of our homes to be warmer, greener and more efficient, and is committed to ensuring that everyone in Scotland, no matter their financial situation, has access to good quality housing that they can afford to heat. The social housing sector has led the... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • NHSScotland 'Once for Scotland' Workforce Policies

    The 'Once for Scotland' Workforce Policies Programme is designed to review and transform existing workforce policies (previously known as Partnership Information Network (PIN) Policies) in line with our vision: "Once for Scotland' workforce policies will promote NHSScotland as a modern, exemplar employer; showcasing our core values, and promoting consistent employment policy and practice that supports the implementation of the Staff Governance Standard and effective recruitment and... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • Proposals for a Heat in Buildings Bill: Consultation

    Like many other countries, Scotland has a legal target to reach ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions. The way we heat our homes, workplaces and other buildings is the third-largest cause of greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland. There is no way to meet our legal obligation to reach ‘net zero’ without changing the heating systems in the vast majority of our buildings. The purpose of this consultation is to make you aware of our proposal to make new laws around the heating... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • Draft Environmental Protection (Single-use Vapes) (Scotland) Regulations 2024

    We are proposing to introduce a prohibition on the sale and supply of single-use vapes in Scotland. We have previously gathered views on our approach to this legislation through the consultation on Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping which ran from Oct-Dec 2023. The government response to this consultation can be found online. The next stage of the process is to make the draft regulations available for public comment. We would therefore... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS3)

    The Clyde & Hebrides Ferry Services play a crucial role in our transport system, providing vital links for residents, businesses, and tourists across the west coast of Scotland. We are currently developing the new Clyde & Hebrides Ferry Services contract (CHFS3) and would welcome the views of communities and service users on their expectations for the service. To date our focus for the new CHFS3 contract has been to review and reflect on the existing feedback from our... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • Disclosure Scotland fees: discounting, waivers and accredited bodies consultation

    In this consultation, we are seeking views to enable us to consider fee discounts for certain groups applying for Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme membership disclosures and views on the fees applied to organisations acting as accredited bodies. Disclosure Scotland’s fees and fee structure have not changed since 2011. This is the longest period fees for disclosure products in Scotland have been frozen. The Public Sector Finance Manual sets out that fees should be set at full... More
    Opened 5 March 2024
  • Independent review of community learning and development: Call for evidence - Learner and Potential Learner

    Community Learning and Development (CLD) is learning that takes place in a community setting. This means that it might take place in a community centre, college, library, or other community facility. Some CLD might also take place in a school building such as a community wing, or in booked rooms or spaces. Examples of CLD learning opportunities might include classes to improve reading and writing, using numbers, or a computer; or participate in Youth Work activities,... More
    Closed 3 March 2024
  • Independent Review of Community Learning and Development: Call for Evidence - Practitioners

    Community Learning & Development (CLD) is a field of professional practice that enables people to identify their own individual and collective goals, to engage in learning and take action to bring about change for themselves and their communities. It uses a range of formal and informal methods of learning and social development with individuals and groups in their communities. With a focus on removing barriers to learning for the most marginalised people within society,... More
    Closed 3 March 2024
  • Development plan amendment regulations: consultation

    We want to hear your views on our proposed approach to regulations on the processes for amending the National Planning Framework (NPF) and Local Development Plans (LDPs). This is part of our wider work on planning reform and implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 (the 2019 Act), which made changes to the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (the 1997 Act). Regulations, also known as secondary legislation, are necessary to provide additional detail to the... More
    Opened 28 February 2024
  • Masterplan consent area regulations: consultation

    This consultation relates to proposed regulations on the procedures to prepare Masterplan Consent Areas (MCAs). The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 introduced MCAs, which will have expanded powers building upon Simplified Planning Zones. They will allow planning authorities to take a place leadership role, by proactively consenting the type and quality of development they wish to see in their places. Planning authorities will be able to prepare a MCA... More
    Opened 28 February 2024
  • Investing in Planning: a consultation on resourcing Scotland’s planning system

    The consultation recognises that there are no simple answers to the challenge of resourcing planning. We live in financially constrained times and even if money was to be found, there is a complex set of circumstances to address. The consultation explores a range of solutions to support resourcing of the planning system. It sets out options which have the potential to improve the capacity of the Scottish planning system, in particular in planning authorities, in the coming... More
    Opened 28 February 2024
  • Democracy Matters

    Somebody, somewhere is making decisions on your behalf. Democracy Matters conversations have already started to explore whether far more of these decisions could be made by communities themselves. This is a key and connected part of the wider Local Governance Review which is looking across all of Scotland’s vital public services to consider how power and resources should be shared between national and local government. Read the full discussion document Read the easy... More
    Closed 28 February 2024
  • Restricting promotions of food and drink high in fat, sugar or salt – Consultation on the detail of proposed regulations

    Improving diet and levels of healthy weight remains a public health priority for this Government. As part of a range of action to improve diet, and help create a food environment which better supports healthier choices, we remain committed to restricting promotions of food and drink high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS) at the point of purchase. This consultation seeks views on the detail of proposed regulations to restrict the promotions of HFSS foods where they are sold to the... More
    Opened 27 February 2024
  • Consultation on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Act 2024: Statutory Guidance on Part 2 and 3, section 18

    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights which all children up to the age of 18 years have, regardless of their circumstances. The UNCRC must be seen as a whole: all the rights are linked and no right is more important than another. The UNCRC includes the following general principles: for rights to be applied without discrimination (Article 2);... More
    Opened 22 February 2024
  • Water, wastewater and drainage policy consultation

    This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Government’s proposed principles and considerations in developing policy for the future of the water industry in Scotland in response to the climate emergency. Climate induced events both at home and around the world this summer and autumn are a stark reminder that we are in the middle of a climate crisis – it is not in the future or somewhere on the horizon, it’s happening now. We are seeing extremes in temperatures... More
    Closed 21 February 2024
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