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  • Scotland's social security system: Enhanced Administration and Compensation Recovery - consultation

    This consultation seeks views on a number of proposed changes which have been identified as desirable since the passage of prior primary legislation, principally the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (the ‘2018 Act’). The Scottish system of social security is founded on... More
    Opened 4 August 2022
  • Review of permitted development rights - phase 2 consultation

    The Scottish Government is carrying out a review of permitted development rights (PDR) as part of our wider planning reform programme. The PDR review is being taken forward in phases, with each phase focussing on specific development types. Through Phase 2 of the PDR review programme, we are... More
    Closed 3 August 2022
  • Herring in the Firth of Clyde - setting the total allowable catch for 2022

    This consultation relates to the 2022 Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for herring in the Firth of Clyde. Marine Scotland is carrying out this consultation on behalf of the UK Fisheries Administrations, to seek views on the level of the 2022 TAC, to permit the allocation of Clyde... More
    Closed 3 August 2022
  • Onshore conventional oil and gas - call for evidence

    The Scottish Government is transitioning to a net zero emissions Scotland for the benefit of our environment, our people, and our prosperity, with Scotland’s ambitious climate change legislation setting a target date for net zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045. This means that... More
    Closed 2 August 2022
  • Coal extraction - call for evidence

    The Scottish Government is transitioning to a net zero emissions Scotland for the benefit of our environment, our people, and our prosperity, with Scotland’s ambitious climate change legislation setting a target date for net zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045. This means that... More
    Closed 2 August 2022
  • Bovine Tuberculosis: Proposals to amend The Tuberculosis (Scotland) Order 2007

    The Scottish Government seek to gather views on specific proposals relating to bovine tuberculosis, including diagnostic testing, cattle movements, isolation requirements and unclean cattle. Read the consultation paper Background Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is a notifiable... More
    Closed 1 August 2022
  • Fiscal framework review - stakeholder call for evidence

    Overview This call for evidence is seeking views on the design and operation of the Block Grant Adjustment mechanisms which form part of the Scottish Fiscal Framework. In particular, views are sought on how the Block Grant Adjustments allocate risk and deliver on... More
    Opened 29 July 2022
  • New build heat standard consultation: part II

    We are developing regulations which will, from 1 April 2024, prohibit the use of direct emissions heating systems in new buildings: both domestic and non-domestic. We are now in a position to provide further details on our intention to regulate heating systems in new buildings,... More
    Opened 28 July 2022
  • Scottish Mental Health Law Review - Additional Proposals

    This consultation outlines some of the proposals for change to the law put forward by the Executive Team of the Scottish Mental Health and Incapacity Law Review. They have been developed in partnership with people with lived experience, including unpaid carers, and mental health practitioners... More
    Closed 22 July 2022
  • Consultation on changes to the Parole Board (Scotland) Rules 2001

    The procedure under which the Parole Board considers cases is determined by the Parole Board (Scotland) Rules 2001, as amended (“the 2001 rules”). The Scottish Government is committed to modernising and simplifying the 2001 rules. These are now some 20 years old and in need of... More
    Opened 20 July 2022
  • Education - National Improvement Framework - A consultation on enhanced data collection for improvement

    In 2021, both the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ( OECD) and Audit Scotland published reports (links to both are in the related section further down this page) which made recommendations relating to data collection and the need to ensure it reflects the ambitions... More
    Closed 18 July 2022
  • Scottish roadworks technical consultation 2022

    The aim of this consultation is to ask some specific technical questions regarding qualifications and reinstatement quality plans. Currently these elements are covered within Section 116 (Qualifications of supervisors and operatives) and Section 118 (Reinstatement Quality Plans) of The Transport... More
    Opened 13 July 2022
  • A new Suicide Prevention Strategy for Scotland

    The Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) will publish a new Suicide prevention Strategy and Action Plan in September 2022. This will replace the current Suicide Prevention Action Plan: Every Life Matters which was published in 2018. Every Life... More
    Opened 13 July 2022
  • Inspection of early learning and childcare and school age childcare services in Scotland

    This consultation aims to gather views on a vision for the future of inspection and what this will deliver for children, families and practitioners, teachers and staff working in the sector from the full range of early learning and childcare (ELC) and school age childcare services, whether or... More
    Opened 11 July 2022
  • What are we doing

    We are engaging throughout the Summer with our key partners. A series of “sprints” will explicitly focus on Just Transition Outcomes and are designed to bring together a sample of cross-sectoral voices to discuss system-wide issues to ensure that those with expertise in the... More
    Opened 7 July 2022
  • What are Scotland’s Just Transition Outcomes

    The Just Transition Outcomes are a central part of our National Just Transition Planning Framework . Just Transition Planning is about working collectively to identify the opportunities (and risks) associated with taking climate action. The aim is to plan for an orderly... More
    Opened 7 July 2022
  • How can you get involved

    Read more about how you can get involved in the the development of the Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan Energy Workers Survey The aim of this survey is to help Scottish Government better understand what the transition to reach net zero emissions means for people... More
    Opened 7 July 2022
  • What are we doing

    To develop the Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan, we are taking a range of approaches to build agreement among citizens, places, businesses and workers about priorities and where we most need to see action. The variety of approaches reflects our need to hear from a wide... More
    Opened 7 July 2022
  • How we'll do it

    Our approach to engagement follows our National Just Transition Planning Framework and is grounded in our Net Zero Nation: public engagement strategy . Both emphasise the importance of openness and co-design, while taking an evidence-based and adaptable, iterative approach. ... More
    Opened 7 July 2022
  • Land Reform in a Net Zero Nation

    Scotland has a proud history of land reform going back to the early days of devolution. We are committed to bringing forward a new Land Reform Bill in this parliamentary session. Over the summer, we are undertaking a wide-ranging consultation on our proposals for the measures it should... More
    Opened 4 July 2022
  • Restricting promotions on food and drink high in fat, sugar or salt

    In 2021-22 Programme for Government (link will open in new window) , the Scottish Government committed to bring forward legislation during this Parliament to restrict ‘ unhealthier food and drink promotions’. The primary aim of the policy is to reduce the public... More
    Opened 1 July 2022
  • Equality Evidence Strategy 2023-25 consultation

    We are consulting on a draft plan to improve and strengthen Scotland's equality evidence base. The responses we receive through this consultation will help to shape this plan, which will form the basis of Scotland's new Equality Evidence Strategy. The development of Scotland's next Equality... More
    Opened 1 July 2022
  • Mandatory calorie labelling in the out of home sector in Scotland

    Mandating calorie labelling at the point of choice can support our Out of Home (OOH) sector to make a key contribution in improving our dietary health. This consultation fulfils a pledge made in our 2021 Out of Home Action Plan . The Plan builds on the commitments made in the 2018 Diet and... More
    Closed 1 July 2022
  • Call for evidence: Single-use food containers and other single-use items

    Material consumption and waste are the primary drivers of nearly every environmental problem we currently face, from water scarcity to habitat and species loss. Around 75% of Scotland’s carbon footprint is caused by the production, consumption, and all too often waste, of goods, and... More
    Closed 30 June 2022
  • A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy - consultation

    We want to hear your views on what a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Scotland should look like. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us write the final Strategy. The Strategy will guide the work that the Government, and our partners,... More
    Opened 29 June 2022
  • Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People

    The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shone a spotlight on older people, who were amongst the worst affected by the virus in society. In fact, 73.3% or almost three quarters of those currently on the COVID-19 highest risk list are 55 years of age or over. As we rebuild and remobilise the... More
    Closed 27 June 2022
  • Inclusion of Scottish public bodies in Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) reporting

    This consultation is seeking your views on proposals to extend the reporting requirements to Scottish public bodies for the publication of modern slavery statements as part of work to improve Transparency in Supply Chains. It also seeks your views on the mechanisms for this reporting and... More
    Opened 27 June 2022
  • Proposed changes to fees charged for applications under the Electricity Act 1989

    This consultation document sets out proposals for changes to fees to be charged for applications submitted under sections 36, 36C and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 ("the Electricity Act"). Read the consultation paper . More
    Closed 23 June 2022
  • Children’s Care and Justice Bill - consultation on policy proposals

    Scotland’s ambition is to be the best place in the world to grow up. To achieve this Scotland is adopting a progressive, and continually improving, approach to supporting our children and young people to achieve the best outcomes possible. This consultation covers potential... More
    Closed 22 June 2022
  • Physical intervention in schools guidance consultation

    In response to concerns raised about the use of restraint and seclusion in schools in the Children and Young People Commissioner’s 2018 report, No Safe Place , and the subsequent ENABLE Scotland In Safe Hands report, the Scottish Government established the Physical... More
    Opened 21 June 2022
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