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  • Consultation on Future Arrangements for Early Medical Abortion at Home

    We are seeking views on the future arrangements for early medical abortion at home across Scotland. The responses will help to inform the Scottish Government’s decision on whether the current arrangements should continue once there is no longer a significant risk of COVID-19 transmission. ... More
    Closes 5 January 2021
  • A Consultation on the Digital Strategy for Scotland

    We live in a digital world. It is changing the way we work, do business, entertain, deliver services, shop and keep in touch with our family and friends, as well as the work of government. It is a source of incredible opportunity – to open new markets, scale rapidly, tackle climate change and... More
    Closes 23 December 2020
  • Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2021

    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 in the 2021-22 financial year. The intention is to revoke the 2020 instrument, and replace with a new instrument for 2021. This consultation... More
    Closes 18 December 2020
  • Equally Safe: A consultation on challenging men's demand for prostitution, working to reduce the harms associated with prostitution and helping women to exit

    Prostitution is a form of commercial sexual exploitation. Commercial sexual exploitation persists as a result of how women are viewed by society . The Scottish Government’s definition of gender based violence is clearly set out in Equally Safe, Scotland’s strategy for... More
    Closes 10 December 2020
  • Scotland's Road Safety Framework to 2030 Draft Public Consultation

    The Road Safety Framework to 2030 sets out a compelling long-term vision for road safety, Vision Zero, where there are zero fatalities and injuries on Scotland’s roads by 2050. The journey to achieving this vision will also include ambitious interim targets where the number of people being... More
    Closes 1 December 2020
  • Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan – 2021-22 to 2025-26

    The Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan sets out a clear vision for our future infrastructure - to support and enable an inclusive net zero emissions economy. The plan focusses on adopting and building on the recommendations of the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland's Phase 1 report. It sets... More
    Closes 19 November 2020
  • Scottish public authorities sharing data: further consultation

    The UK Digital Economy Act 2017 (“The Act”), Part 5 introduces new information sharing powers to reduce debt owed to, or fraud against, the public sector. To be able to use the information sharing powers, public authorities (and bodies which provide services to public... More
    Closes 6 November 2020
  • Proposed Changes to Pre-Application Consultation Requirements in Planning

    This consultation paper relates to proposed changes to the existing requirements for pre-application consultation (PAC) with local communities on national and major developments. These requirements were introduced in 2009, as part of the implementation of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act... More
    Closes 6 November 2020
  • Consultation on a Ministerial Statement for modifying local connection referrals in Scotland

    This consultation invites comments on the content of a Ministerial Statement to set out the circumstances in which, and the general criteria by reference to which, the power of Scottish Ministers to modify local connection referrals between local authorities in Scotland is to be exercised. It also... More
    Closes 23 October 2020
  • A consultation on the future of the Land Court and the Lands Tribunal

    The objective of this paper is to offer an opportunity for views to be gathered on the future of the Scottish Land Court and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. The main proposal relates to a possible amalgamation of the two bodies. This would be achieved by the incorporation of the Lands... More
    Closes 19 October 2020
  • Short Term Lets: Consultation on a licensing scheme and planning control areas in Scotland

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government's detailed proposals for the regulation of short-term lets which will form the basis for secondary legislation to be laid in Parliament in December. More
    Closes 16 October 2020
  • The management and disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Scotland

    The management and disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Scotland is currently carried out in line with the Environmental Protection (Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and other Dangerous Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (“the current regulations"). Following a recast of... More
    Closes 16 October 2020
  • Prescription (Scotland) Act 2018 - Consultation on Commencement Regulations

    The doctrine of prescription serves a vital function in the civil justice system. Negative prescription sets time-limits for when obligations (and rights), such as obligations under a contract, are extinguished. The Prescription (Scotland) Act 2018, when commenced, will make a number of... More
    Closes 14 October 2020
  • Energy Consumers Commission - Draft Work Plan 2020/21

    The Energy Consumers Commission has been established to strengthen the voice of energy consumers in Scotland. The Commission is independent from Government, consisting of representatives with a wealth of experience in national consumer advocacy and advice bodies, academia and local groups... More
    Closes 9 October 2020
  • Scottish Planning Policy and Housing: Technical Consultation on Proposed Policy Amendments

    The Scottish Government is committed to a plan-led planning system. Development plans form the basis of planning decision-making to enable the right developments in the right locations. We want the planning system to support the delivery of good quality homes in the right locations. This is... More
    Closes 9 October 2020
  • Budget 2021/22: Supporting the COVID-19 Recovery

    In advance of the Scottish Budget 2021-22, the Scottish Government is seeking views on the role of Scotland’s devolved taxes and Fiscal Framework in supporting the COVID-19 economic recovery. More
    Closes 8 October 2020
  • Raising the age of referral to the principal reporter

    The 2019-20 Programme for Government made a commitment to consult on ‘enabling joint reporting to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Principal Reporter of all 16 and 17 year olds’ offence cases’. Ministers have since agreed to widen the consultation to seek views on... More
    Closes 7 October 2020
  • A Consultation on the Draft Respiratory Care Action Plan for Scotland

    The purpose of the draft Respiratory Care Action Plan is to highlight the Scottish Government’s vision for driving improvement in the diagnosis, care, treatment and support of people living with respiratory conditions in Scotland. This draft Plan identifies key priorities and... More
    Closed 3 July 2020
  • Consultation on the Regulation of Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures in Scotland

    The number of non-surgical cosmetic treatments carried out across Scotland and the UK has risen considerably over the years and continues to do so. In Scotland, independent clinics run by a doctor, nurse, dentist, dental nurse, midwife or dental care professional and who... More
    Closed 30 June 2020
  • Just Transition Commission - call for evidence

    The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets)(Scotland) Act 2019 recently passed by the Scottish Parliament contains some of the most ambitious statutory emission reduction targets in the world. The transition required to meet these targets will be one of a number of long-term structural... More
    Closed 30 June 2020
  • Parental Involvement Act - Statutory Guidance

    We have come a long way since the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 was passed; setting out the rights of parents to be involved and engaged with their children’s education. This new draft guidance explains the purpose of the legislation and the duties placed upon... More
    Closed 30 June 2020
  • Scottish public authorities sharing data: consultation

    The UK Digital Economy Act 2017 (“The Act”), Part 5 introduces new information sharing powers to reduce debt owed to, or fraud against, the public sector. To be able to use the information sharing powers, public authorities (and bodies which provide services to public authorities in... More
    Closed 15 June 2020
  • Call for Views: Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

    The Advisory Group on Economic Recovery has been established by the Scottish Government to provide independent expert advice on supporting the sectors and regions of Scotland's economy to recover from the impact of Covid-19. In establishing this Advisory Group, the Scottish Government has... More
    Closed 31 May 2020
  • Determining the 2020 bathing season in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic

    The aim of the Bathing Waters (Scotland) Regulations 2008 is to protect public health, by monitoring water quality at locations popular with large numbers of bathers; providing public information on that water quality; and taking steps to improve water quality where the necessary standards are... More
    Closed 29 May 2020
  • Review of Mental Health Law in Scotland

    A review is being carried out into the way mental health law is working in Scotland. This review was set up by the Scottish Government but it is independent from them. John Scott QC is leading the Review and wants to hear about your experience of mental health law in Scotland. Your views... More
    Closed 29 May 2020
  • The AI Of The Possible: Developing Scotland's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy

    The Scottish Government is committed to developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy for Scotland, as set out in Protecting Scotland's Future: the Government’s Programme for Scotland 2019-2020, published in September 2019. The strategy will help ensure that Scotland maximises the... More
    Closed 22 May 2020
  • The practice of cash retention under construction contracts

    There is evidence that some payment practices prevalent in the construction industry are a barrier to investment, productivity improvements and growth. Cash retention, where the process is misused or abused, can be one such practice . The retention system is a long-standing... More
    Closed 13 May 2020
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making

    The emergence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the biggest global challenge that humanity has faced for generations. We want your views on how we overcome the challenges ahead. On 23 April 2020 we published Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making. This sets out the issues... More
    Closed 11 May 2020
  • Wild Wrasse Harvesting: Consultation on Proposed new Mandatory Fishing Measures

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views about whether the Scottish Government should introduce mandatory measures to control the harvesting of live wrasse for the salmon farming industry. More
    Closed 10 May 2020
  • Consultation on Fees for Seed Testing, Seed Certification and Associated Seed Functions

    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... More
    Closed 6 May 2020
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