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  • Scottish Carer's Assistance

    Scottish Carer’s Assistance will replace Carer’s Allowance in Scotland. Launching Scottish Carer’s Assistance will be our highest priority following the delivery of Adult Disability Payment in August this year, the extension of Scottish Child Payment for 6 to 16 year... More
    Closed 23 May 2022
  • School uniforms in Scotland

    Introduction The Scottish Government has committed to introduce statutory guidance in Scotland which aims to address equalities issues around uniform policy and reduce the cost of school uniform, as this can be a significant barrier to participation in learning. This consultation seeks... More
    Opened 19 May 2022
  • Data Strategy for health and social care

    Why are we developing a Data Strategy? As set out in the Strategy for Care in the Digital Age , we believe that data should be harnessed to the benefit of the people of Scotland. This includes the delivery of better services, greater innovation, and ensuring the people of... More
    Opened 16 May 2022
  • University of Strathclyde – Further Education Teaching Programme Consultation

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the proposed further education teaching programme to be delivered by the University of Strathclyde. The Scottish Ministers are proposing to make a determination under article 30 of the 2011 Order to specify that the University of... More
    Closed 16 May 2022
  • Improving victims' experiences of the justice system: consultation

    The Scottish Government’s new Vision for Justice in Scotland , published in February 2022, sets out our clear and compelling vision for a just, safe and resilient Scotland. We are committed to a transformational approach to justice reform to ensure the system meets the needs and... More
    Opened 12 May 2022
  • Tied Pubs - Scottish Pubs Code - part 2

    This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Government's proposals on the Scottish Pubs Code for tied pubs. It seeks your views on what else the Scottish Pubs Code should contain beyond Market Rent Only leases and guest beer agreements (which were subject to a separate Scottish Pubs Code... More
    Closed 12 May 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
    Opened 11 May 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
    Opened 9 May 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
    Opened 9 May 2022
  • Tightening rules on advertising and promoting vaping products

    Vaping products (electronic cigarettes) have become popular over the past decade as an alternative to smoking tobacco. While current evidence shows that vapes are less harmful than smoking tobacco, they are not harm-free and we do not know what damage they could cause to human health in the... More
    Closed 29 April 2022
  • Proposal to designate Red Rocks and Longay as a Marine Protected Area

    The Scottish Government's vision is for a marine environment that is clean, healthy, safe, productive and diverse seas; managed to meet the long term needs of nature and people. Scotland’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) network is being developed to help safeguard our most important... More
    Closed 26 April 2022
  • A New Deal for Tenants - draft Rented Sector Strategy consultation

    The Scottish Government invites comments to this consultation on A New Deal for Tenants - Draft Rented Sector Strategy, which seeks to improve accessibility, affordability choices and standards across the whole rented sector in Scotland. The draft strategy consultation sets out and... More
    Closed 22 April 2022
  • Second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2)

    The draft second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) Summary Report , sets out draft transport recommendations for the next 20 years. STPR2 is one of the mechanisms for delivering the Vision, Priorities and Outcomes of the second National Transport Strategy (NTS2) . ... More
    Closed 15 April 2022
  • Consultation on the draft Joint Fisheries Statement

    We are seeking your views on the draft Joint Fisheries Statement (JFS). It has been developed by the four UK fisheries policy authorities (The UK Government’s Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Scottish Ministers, the Welsh Ministers, and the Northern Ireland... More
    Closed 12 April 2022
  • Public Sector Equality Duty review

    Scottish Ministers are committed to reviewing the effectiveness of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) in Scotland. After months of research and engagement to identify issues within the Scottish Specific Duties (SSDs), it has become clear that more could be done to improve the regime.... More
    Closed 11 April 2022
  • Prevention of Homelessness Duties - A Joint Scottish Government and COSLA Consultation

    Ending homelessness is everyone's business. Imagine a world where homelessness is rare, brief and unlikely to happen again. It might be difficult to imagine, but it is not impossible. In most cases, homelessness is preventable. Scotland has strong housing rights for those... More
    Closed 8 April 2022
  • 20% car kilometre reduction route map

    In response to the global climate emergency, Scotland’s Climate Change Plan update in 2020 set out a world-leading commitment to reduce car kilometres by 20% by 2030. Transport accounts for a quarter of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions, with cars making up almost 40% of transport... More
    Closed 6 April 2022
  • Draft National Planning Framework 4

    This consultation is seeking views and comments on the draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4). NPF4 will, when adopted, set out the Scottish Governments priorities and policies for the planning system up to 2045 and how our approach to planning and development will help to... More
    Closed 31 March 2022
  • Open Space Strategies and Play Sufficiency Assessments

    Open spaces, green infrastructure and outdoor places to play are key components in successful placemaking, helping to create pleasant, liveable, healthy and resilient communities. Considering access to quality open space, green infrastructure, and play opportunities as a key part of... More
    Closed 31 March 2022
  • National litter and flytipping strategy consultation

    This consultation, which was drafted in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Scottish Environment Protection Agency ( SEPA), is seeking views on the aims, objectives and actions that will sit under, the new National Litter and Flytipping Strategy... More
    Closed 31 March 2022
  • Local development planning - regulations and guidance: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the secondary legislative requirements and the draft guidance to stakeholders on implementing the future local development plan system. There are 4 parts: Part A, the Introduction; Part B, the Proposals for Regulations, including draft regulations; Part C,... More
    Closed 31 March 2022
  • Resource Spending Review Framework

    On 9 December 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy launched the Scottish Government’s first multi-year Resource Spending Review since 2011 . The aim of this Resource Spending Review is to set out spending plans for the remainder of the parliamentary term... More
    Closed 27 March 2022
  • Home education guidance

    Why we are consulting This consultation seeks views on the draft updates to the existing Home education guidance , published in 2007. This guidance is published under Section 14 of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools Act 2000, and local authorities are... More
    Opened 23 March 2022
  • Future pandemic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies in Scotland

    The Covid-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Scotland. In response, the Scottish Government worked with partners to quickly establish new supply chains and put in place cross public sector collaboration with the NHS on PPE supply... More
    Closed 22 March 2022
  • An updated marine litter strategy for Scotland

    This consultation is one of the final stages in the process of updating the Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland. A large amount of work has already been undertaken with guidance from the Marine Litter Strategy Steering Group. Membership of the Marine Litter Strategy Steering Group includes... More
    Closed 22 March 2022
  • Non-domestic rates: decapitalisation rates for the 2023 revaluation

    The next revaluation of non-domestic property in Scotland is due to take effect from 1 April 2023 based on rental values as at 1 April 2022 (the 'tone date'). At revaluation Scottish Assessors review rateable values resulting in a new valuation roll for all non-domestic properties in Scotland.... More
    Closed 13 March 2022
  • The not proven verdict and related reforms

    This consultation seeks views on the three verdict system in Scottish criminal trials and, if the not proven verdict were to be abolished, whether any accompanying reforms would be necessary to other aspects of the Scottish criminal justice system including jury size, majority required for... More
    Closed 11 March 2022
  • Scotland's pavement parking prohibitions: pre-implementation directions and regulations for local authorities

    The Scottish Government has been working to improve parking legislation in Scotland in order to tackle the impact of inconsiderate and obstructive parking and ensure that our roads and pavements are accessible for all. As part of this work, The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 bans pavement... More
    Closed 11 March 2022
  • The Land and Buildings Transaction Tax - Additional Dwelling Supplement: A call for evidence and views

    The Scottish Government seeks evidence and views on the operation of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) Additional Dwelling Supplement (ADS) . The Scottish Government committed to a review of the ADS in the 2021-22 Programme for Government. This call for evidence ... More
    Closed 11 March 2022
  • Consumer Scotland draft workplan for energy, post and water 2022-23: Consultation

    Consumer Scotland will be the official, independent and expert voice of the consumer in Scotland. The Consumer Scotland Act 2020 gave it the general function of providing consumer advocacy and advice with a view to: reducing harm to consumers increasing... More
    Closed 4 March 2022
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