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  • Anne's Law: proposals for adults living in care homes to maintain family and friendship connections 

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s proposals for delivering Anne’s Law in primary legislation, to ensure that people who live in adult care homes have rights to see and spend time with the people who are important to them. The development of Anne’s Law... More
    Opened 24 September 2021
  • Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2022

    As in previous years, we intend to create a new Scottish Statutory Instrument accounting for the target cost of operating the Scottish Road Works Register, for the financial years 2022/23 and 2023/24. The intention is to revoke the 2021 Instrument, and replace with a single Instrument in 2022... More
    Opened 24 September 2021
  • Coronavirus (Compensation for Self-isolation) Bill

    This consultation concerns a legal liability that arises as a result of the Public Health Etc. (Scotland) Act 2008. This Act includes a provision for Health Boards to provide compensation to those isolating as a result of an infectious disease. This provision for compensation was intended to... More
    Closed 24 September 2021
  • Setting up the Scottish COVID-19 Public Inquiry

    What is a Public Inquiry? Work is currently underway to establish a Scottish Public Inquiry to investigate the handling of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Scotland. The purpose of a public inquiry is to: investigate events causing public concern establish the facts... More
    Opened 23 September 2021
  • Scottish Crime and Justice Survey

    The Scottish Government would like to consult users on the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) in the context of the forthcoming re-procurement. Details of the Consultation can be found in the Consultation Paper. The SCJS is a large-scale social survey which asks people... More
    Opened 23 September 2021
  • Cancer care: Review of Head and Neck Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

    As part of the National Cancer Quality Programme, Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPI's) were developed to drive continuous quality improvement in cancer care across NHSScotland. The Head and Neck Cancer QPIs were first published in April 2014. The QPI's undergo formal review... More
    Closed 22 September 2021
  • Consultation on reforming the non-domestic rates system: proposals, the draft valuation roll, content of valuation notices, etc.

    The report of the independent Barclay Review of Non-Domestic Rates was published in August 2017 and made a number of recommendations to reform the non-domestic rates system including the appeals process. The Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Act 2020 creates the requirement for assessors to... More
    Opened 22 September 2021
  • Local taxation - Valuation Appeals Committees etc: transfer of functions

    A consultation on draft regulations regarding the transfer of the functions of the Council Tax Reduction Review Panel and the functions of the Valuation Appeals Committees to the new Local Taxation Chamber in the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland, and transferring the relevant functions of the... More
    Opened 20 September 2021
  • Adult care homes: strengthening Health and Social Care Standards

    This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Government’s proposals for strengthening the Health and Social Care Standards to enable people living in adult care homes to maintain family and friendship connections to support their health and wellbeing. These proposals form part of work... More
    Opened 16 September 2021
  • Minimum Income Guarantee

    What is a Minimum Income Guarantee? A Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) is an assurance that no one will fall below a set income level that would allow them to live a dignified life. A MIG can be delivered through employment, targeted welfare payments and also through other types of support or... More
    Closed 16 September 2021
  • Scottish Social Housing Charter Review

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Social Housing Charter. The Charter was introduced by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010, which requires Ministers to set standards and outcomes that social landlords should be achieving for tenants and other customers through their housing activities.... More
    Closed 9 September 2021
  • Gaelic Language Plan

    The Scottish Government recognises that Gaelic is an integral part of Scotland’s heritage, national identity and current cultural life. The Scottish Government has taken action and has put in place the necessary structures and initiatives to ensure that Gaelic has a sustainable future in a... More
    Closed 9 September 2021
  • Workplace Parking Licensing Regulations and Guidance

    The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 introduced a discretionary power for local authorities to implement Workplace Parking Licensing (WPL) schemes. The Act provides the legislative framework for WPL and confers powers on Scottish Ministers to make regulations in relation to certain elements. This... More
    Closed 6 September 2021
  • A Consultation on a Consumer Duty for Public Bodies

    The Consumer Scotland Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament in June 2019, passed in May 2020, and received Royal Assent in June 2020. The Act now requires the Scottish Government to establish a consumer body – Consumer Scotland – to represent the needs of consumers. Consumer... More
    Opened 3 September 2021
  • Tax policy and the Budget - a Framework for Tax

    Building on 2020’s Scottish Budget consultation exercise, the Scottish Government has been exploring ways to enhance its approach to tax policy making at the beginning of this new session of the Scottish Parliament. This consultation seeks views on our overarching approach to tax... More
    Opened 31 August 2021
  • A9 North Kessock to Tore Study - Preliminary Appraisal

    The first phase of this study, the Initial Appraisal (Case for Change), was published in March 2021 and concluded that there was evidence for a ‘Case for Change’ within the study area. We are now progressing through the Initial Appraisal stage of this process which involves reviewing the... More
    Closed 27 August 2021
  • Adult Support and Protection Guidance for General Practitioners and Primary Care Teams

    The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 is designed to protect those adults who are unable to safeguard their own interests and are at risk of harm because they are affected by: disability; mental disorder; illness; physical or mental infirmity.Harm means all harm including self-harm... More
    Closed 26 August 2021
  • Agricultural transition in Scotland

    Following on from the period of simplicity and stability we are moving forward to put in place a successor to the Common Agriculture Policy that will guide farming, food production and land use for many years to come. Our approach will support farmers and crofters to ensure their... More
    Opened 25 August 2021
  • Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas decarbonisation Offshore Wind Sectoral Marine Plan Areas of Search

    The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring secure, reliable and affordable energy supplies within the context of long-term decarbonisation of energy generation. Continued growth of the renewable energy sector in Scotland is an essential feature of the future cle an energy system and... More
    Opened 25 August 2021
  • New Year’s Day Trading for Large Retailers

    We are consulting with employees and retail businesses on whether the law should be changed to close large retail businesses on New Year’s Day. A large shop is defined as one with a relevant floor area over 280 square metres (for comparison purposes a tennis court is 260 square metres). The... More
    Closed 24 August 2021
  • Local food for everyone

    Scotland has some of the best food and drink in the world, enjoyed around the globe and creating jobs the length and breadth of the country. Since 2007 the Scottish Government has dramatically improved the landscape for food in Scotland, from school lunches to whisky exports, from... More
    Opened 20 August 2021
  • Covid recovery: public health, services and justice system reforms

    As one of the steps to harness lessons from the Covid pandemic, the Scottish Government is committed to reviewing the impact of Covid on the Scottish statute book. The Government wants to remove measures no longer needed in order to respond to the pandemic whilst keeping those where there is... More
    Opened 17 August 2021
  • Use and Sale of Fireworks in Scotland, and tackling the misuse of pyrotechnics

    What this consultation is about This consultation consists of two sections. The first considers changes to how fireworks can be sold and used in Scotland; while the second section considers the use of pyrotechnic devices. More specifically, Section 1 seeks views on four... More
    Closed 15 August 2021
  • Short Term Lets: Consultation on draft Licensing Order and Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA)

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government's short-term lets draft Licensing Order and Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA). The Scottish Government intends to lay the Licensing Order at the Scottish Parliament in September 2021. More
    Closed 13 August 2021
  • Membership of the National Smart Ticketing Advisory Board

    Smart ticketing is an important element of a modern public transport system and is increasingly prevalent in major cities in the UK and in countries around the world. During 2017, Transport Scotland sought the views of stakeholders and the wider public through a consultation into various... More
    Opened 10 August 2021
  • A National Care Service for Scotland

    This consultation sets out our proposals to improve the way we deliver social care in Scotland. The importance of our social care services has never been clearer than during the pandemic. In future, we want to make sure that our social care system will consistently deliver high quality... More
    Opened 9 August 2021
  • Consultation on Penalty Charge Notices for Parking Enforcement

    Since 1997, 21 local authorities in Scotland have introduced decriminalised parking enforcement regimes into their areas. These regimes enable local authorities to administer their own parking policies and penalty charge schemes to control on-street parking. We believe parking... More
    Opened 4 August 2021
  • Fish Farm Containment and Marine Mammal Interactions Code of Practice

    Section 7 of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007 (“2007 Act”) empowers the Scottish Ministers to approve a code of practice, in whole or in part, in order to give practical guidance to fish farmers, promoting desirable practices with respect to the containment of fish on fish... More
    Closed 3 August 2021
  • Development of the Islands Bond

    Population decline is a real threat to the sustainability of many, although not all, of Scotland’s island communities. During the consultation for the National Islands Plan, depopulation was the top priority issue identified by respondents. That is why, through the National... More
    Opened 2 August 2021
  • Home energy efficiency: equity loan pilot

    Scotland’s long term climate change targets will require the near complete decarbonisation of our energy system by 2045, with renewable energy meeting a very significant share of our needs. The Scottish Government's draft Heat in Buildings Strategy sets out a pathway to zero emission... More
    Opened 2 August 2021
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