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  • 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
  • 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
    Opened 23 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
  • Consultation on devolving powers for a Scottish Building Safety Levy

    The Scottish Government announced in its 2023-24 Programme for Government that it was seeking the transfer of powers from the UK Government to create an equivalent tax to the UK Government’s Building Safety Levy. This consultation, launched jointly by the UK Government and Scottish Government, invites views and evidence in relation to the proposal to devolve the requisite powers to the Scottish Parliament. More
    Closed 19 February 2024
  • Cancer Care: Review of Brain/CNS Cancer Quality Performance Indicators - consultation

    We welcome your views on the Draft Revised Brain and Central Nervous System Cancer Quality Performance Indicator (QPI) Engagement Document. Please refer to this document for full details of each Quality Improvement Indicator. 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... More
    Closed 19 February 2024
  • Wellbeing and Sustainable Development (Scotland) Bill

    The Scottish Government is gathering views to help inform the scope of any legislation for a proposed Wellbeing and Sustainable Development Bill. The Bill aims to further improve decision making and the implementation of the National Performance Framework to ensure that all policy and delivery is focused on increasing the wellbeing of people living in Scotland, both now and in the future. This consultation also explores scope for further improving accountability and scrutiny of... More
    Closed 14 February 2024
  • Consultation on permanency of certain criminal justice measures from the Coronavirus Recovery and Reform (Scotland) Act 2022 and modernising criminal justice procedures through digital processes

    Our Vision for Justice , published in February 2022, and the associated Three Year Delivery Plan , published in November 2023 sets out the Scottish Government’s transformative vision to deliver a just, safe resilient country. Delivering the vision requires fundamental change to the operation of our justice services, ensuring that our processes and laws meet the needs of people now and in the future. This consultation is a key part of a far-reaching programme of work... More
    Closed 12 February 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
    Opened 9 February 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
    Opened 8 February 2024
  • Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD): Consultation on phase 6 of the eradication scheme

    Since 2010, Scotland’s industry led Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) eradication scheme has reduced the number of Scottish cattle breeding herds with BVD cases from 40% to 9%. We want to hear your views on our proposals for the next phase of the eradication scheme. Your answers will help to shape the next phase of the scheme and will help bring Scotland closer to BVD eradication. BVD is one of the most important cattle diseases for economics, productivity and welfare. Eradicating BVD... More
    Closed 7 February 2024
  • Draft guidance and general determination for Teacher Qualification in Further Education (TQFE): consultation

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the proposed guidance document and general determination for the further education teaching programme. The Scottish Ministers are proposing to make a determination under article 30 of the 2011 Order to enable the General Teaching Council Scotland to be able to accredit Teacher Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) providers and programmes where they meet the requirements set out in the determination. Please see full... More
    Opened 1 February 2024
  • Islands Connectivity Plan: Strategic Approach and Vessels and Ports Plan

    The Islands Connectivity Plan (ICP) will set out a long term vision of how ferry services, supported by other transport modes, will be delivered and improved in the future. It will replace the current Ferries Plan but will be wider in scope, also taking account of aviation and fixed links, as well as onward and connecting travel. The ICP will comprise an overarching Strategic Approach, and a number of delivery plans. The Strategic Approach paper proposes our overall... More
    Opened 1 February 2024
  • Climate change - draft Scottish National Adaptation Plan 3: consultation

    The effects of climate change are already being felt by people in Scotland. That is why, as well as reducing emissions, we must also take steps adapt to climate change. This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Government's draft plan for adapting to climate change (Scottish National Adaptation Plan 2024-29). Read the consultation paper . The consultation paper contains full background information for this consultation, including a summary with key policy proposals. You... More
    Opened 31 January 2024
  • National specification for the care and treatment of eating disorders in Scotland

    We want to hear your views on the draft National Specification for the Care and Treatment of Eating Disorders in Scotland. People are invited to share their experiences of the eating disorder care and treatment they have received. However, we understand that sometimes it can be hard to talk or write about these experiences, whether your own or someone else’s. It is up to you to decide what questions you want to answer during the consultation. There is no need to... More
    Closed 26 January 2024
  • Care Leaver Payment: Consultation on policy proposals

    The Scottish Government is committed to Keeping The Promise to all children and young people. This includes ensuring that all children and young people with care experience are provided with person-centred support to assist positive transitions from care to adulthood and more independent living. Many young people with care experience do not have the same informal support network that other young people have during transition points in their lives. It is proposed that the Care Leaver... More
    Closed 26 January 2024
  • National Good Food Nation Plan: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the national Good Food Nation Plan . This Plan is the first of many steps to progress food system transformation in Scotland. This consultation covers the content of the first national Good Food Nation Plan and asks your views on the national Good Food Nation Outcomes; ways of measuring progress; and how different groups envision life in a Good Food Nation. This first national Good Food Nation Plan represents how the Scottish Government intends to... More
    Opened 24 January 2024
  • Marketing of Organic Heterogeneous Material: consultation

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views from individuals and companies including Professional Operators (seed merchants, seed processors, seed packers), Licensed Crop Inspectors, Licensed Seed Samplers, Licensed Seed Testing Stations (LSTS), farmers and interested members of the public on the Scottish Government's proposal to: Introduce secondary legislation that will permit and regulate the production and marketing of plant reproductive material of an organic and... More
    Closed 23 January 2024
  • Mental Health Moratorium Consultation

    The Scottish Government committed to a policy review of Scotland’s statutory debt solutions with the aim of further enhancing and improving our system. Part of this review was undertaken by stakeholder-led working groups which recommended the introduction of a Mental Health Moratorium in Scotland. They recognised the benefits in establishing a specific tool which ensures people struggling with mental health and finances have access to breathing space and respite. ... More
    Closed 22 January 2024
  • Building standards enforcement and sanctions: consultation

    In Scotland, a Ministerial Working Group was set up following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017, to review building and fire safety regulatory frameworks. The Group commissioned two reviews of building standards; one to cover compliance and enforcement and the other fire safety. The Review Panel on Building Standards Compliance and Enforcement identified the need for improving aspects of the building standards system (covering procedural compliance, built compliance and enforcement... More
    Closed 22 January 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
    Opened 22 January 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
    Opened 22 January 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
    Opened 18 January 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
    Opened 16 January 2024
  • Amendments to Scottish Road Works Regulations 2024

    Minor amendments are needed within the Road Works (Qualifications of Operative and Supervisors (Scotland) Regulations 2017 and a replacement Stautory Instrument is required to replace the Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2022. This consultation seeks views on both proposed changes. Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations: The proposal is to revoke the 2022 Regulations, and create new Regulations to account for the running costs of ... More
    Closed 15 January 2024
  • Pension Age Winter Heating Payment

    The Scottish Government has committed to replacing Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) with Pension Age Winter Heating Payment (PAWHP) on a like-for-like basis. Given the significant number of clients who will be transferred to Social Security Scotland with this benefit and the need to ensure a safe and secure transition, the focus of this consultation is around gathering evidence on people’s views of the current benefit and considering how we could improve the system already in place. ... More
    Closed 15 January 2024
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