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  • 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 This new draft guidance explains the purpose of the legislation and the duties placed upon...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
    Opened 24 January 2020
  • Youth Justice Standards

    Preventing offending is integral to our vision of Scotland as the best place to grow up – Getting it Right for Every Child in Scotland. Our vision of Scotland as the best place to grow up extends to all of our children. A preventative approach has the best chance of reducing crime, improving... More
    Closed 23 January 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
    Opened 21 January 2020
  • Prohibiting smoking outside hospital buildings: Consultation

    The consultation seeks views on details of proposals to introduce offences for smoking or permitting others to smoke outside hospital buildings. The Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016 provides for offences, defences, penalties and fines in respect of smoking outside... More
    Closed 17 January 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
    Opened 17 January 2020
  • European Territorial Cooperation programmes 2021-2027: consultation

    European Territorial Cooperation (otherwise known as Interreg) programmes are EU funding programmes that give money to organisations from different countries to work together on a project. These programmes cover different geographical areas and have different aims. Each of the... More
    Opened 10 January 2020
  • Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy Review

    The Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy is at the heart of Scotland’s collective efforts to tackle this crime. Trafficking can involve victims being sexually exploited or forced into the role of a servant, or trapped in forced labour. Nail bars, car washes and construction are... More
    Closed 31 December 2019
  • Proposal to designate a Deep Sea Marine Reserve in Scottish waters

    The Scottish Government's vision for the marine environment is of clean, healthy, safe, productive and diverse seas; managed to meet the long term needs of nature and people. We would welcome your views on the creation of a Deep Sea Marine Reserve to the West of Scotland, as part of the... More
    Closed 31 December 2019
  • The Animal Health Act 1981 Amendment Consultation

    We are seeking views to strengthen animal health legislation to allow for more effective and proportionate enforcement provisions. More
    Closed 23 December 2019
  • 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
    Opened 20 December 2019
  • Circular Economy: Proposals for Legislation

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s proposals for legislation to develop Scotland’s circular economy. A circular economy is one in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible. It can benefit the environment, by cutting waste and carbon emissions; the... More
    Closed 19 December 2019
  • Consultation on the Letter of Rights for Scotland

    The Letter of Rights is given to suspects and accused persons held in police custody in Scotland. Its purpose is to clearly explain their rights as provided for in domestic legislation. The Scottish Government introduced a non-statutory Letter of Rights for Scotland in 2013 which was updated... More
    Closed 13 December 2019
  • Carers Strategic Policy Statement

    The Carers Strategic Policy Statement maps the main policies across the Scottish Government which are particularly relevant to unpaid carers - alongside the outcomes these policies contribute towards and the Scottish Government’s overall ambitions for carers and carer support. It is... More
    Closed 13 December 2019
  • Consultation on the draft content of the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Specified Type A Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations

    On 11 June the Scottish Parliament passed the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Act 2019 (‘the 2019 Act’). The 2019 Act provides for a deemed authorisation system of deceased organ and tissue donation for transplantation in Scotland. This is more commonly referred to as an ‘opt-out’... More
    Closed 11 December 2019
  • The Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020: accompanying statement and proposed regulations

    The Scottish Government recognises that fresh interventions are needed to bring about the systemic and behavioural change necessary to fulfil the aspiration of creating a more circular economy. Scottish Ministers have announced legislation to establish a Deposit Return Scheme which would... More
    Closed 10 December 2019
  • Crown Estate Scotland draft 2020-23 Corporate Plan Consultation

    Crown Estate Scotland as an organisation is less than three years old but can trace a history going back centuries. This consultation comes when Crown Estate Scotland is still a very new Scottish public sector body, established less than three years ago. New legislation, the Scottish Crown... More
    Closed 9 December 2019
  • Prostate Cancer Quality Performance Indicators Consultation

    Under the auspices of the Scottish Cancer Taskforce, National Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) were developed to drive continuous quality improvement in cancer care across NHSScotland. The Prostate Cancer QPIs were first published in May 2012. The QPIs are subject to formal... More
    Closed 9 December 2019
  • Out of School Care in Scotland - a draft framework for consultation

    Our draft framework on Out of School Care sets out what we know about the out of school care sector in Scotland and asks questions about what the Scottish Government can do to support families in accessing high quality, flexible and affordable services which benefit children and parents and... More
    Closed 6 December 2019
  • The role of Public Sector Bodies in tackling climate change: A Consultation

    This consultation is focussed on the role of public sector bodies in ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change, how the Public Sector Climate Change Reporting Duties should be revised to support that, and how Scottish Government and the wider public sector can work together to make a... More
    Closed 4 December 2019
  • 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
    Opened 4 December 2019
  • Scottish Government's Local Energy Policy Statement - Consultation

    The Scottish Energy Strategy, published in December 2017, included the development of “innovative local energy systems” as one of six strategic priorities. To support that aim, a commitment was made to develop a Local Energy Position Paper, which would set out a series of key principles... More
    Closed 4 December 2019
  • Freedom of Information extension of coverage

    This consultation will help the Scottish Government to understand whether there is a need to extend the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to further entities by making an order under section 5 of the Act. It focuses on organisations that provide services on behalf of the public... More
    Closed 3 December 2019
  • Consultation on The Principles of a Local Discretionary Transient Visitor Levy or Tourist Tax

    This consultation seeks to develop government understanding of the issues and concerns with regard to the introduction of a Transient Visitor Levy and help inform the development of legislation to enable local authorities to apply a visitor levy. In particular, the... More
    Closed 2 December 2019
  • A consultation on how Official Statistics present information on recorded crime and related topics

    The Scottish Crime Recording Board would like to consult users on how the National Statistics on police recorded crime are presented. Scottish Government statisticians produce a National Statistics bulletin once a year on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland. ... More
    Closed 30 November 2019
  • Consultation on widening the scope of the current victim statement scheme

    In Scotland, victims of the most serious crimes may be eligible to make a victim statement . This is a written statement that gives a victim the chance to tell the court – in their own words – how a crime has affected them physically, emotionally and financially. In reaching their sentencing... More
    Closed 29 November 2019
  • Proposal to designate two Historic Marine Protected Areas

    The Scottish Government's vision for the marine environment is of clean, healthy, safe, productive and diverse seas; managed to meet the long-term needs of nature and people. Earlier this year Historic Environment Scotland undertook a consultation on these proposals and have... More
    Closed 27 November 2019
  • Financial Redress for Historical Child Abuse in Care - Pre-Legislative Consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the detailed design of a statutory financial redress scheme in Scotland, scheme administration issues, and views on financial redress as part of a package of wider reparations for survivors of historical child abuse in care. More
    Closed 25 November 2019
  • Scottish Crown Estate: Strategic Management Plan

    The Strategic Management Plan has been developed for the Scottish Crown Estate which includes a set of property, rights and other interests (or assets) that are owned by the Crown. These assets include: 37,000 hectares of rural land with agricultural tenancies, residential and commercial... More
    Closed 22 November 2019
  • Consultation on Judicial Factors

    The Report on Judicial Factors (Scot Law Com, No. 233, 2013) including a draft Bill was published by the Scottish Law Commission (“the Commission”) The main aim of the Bill is to update, simplify and clarify the law relating to judicial factors so that it is fit for purpose and will be of... More
    Closed 20 November 2019
  • Independent Child Trafficking Guardians

    This consultation is seeking views on the appointment, role and responsibilities of Independent Child Trafficking Guardians and other wider operational details. More
    Closed 17 November 2019
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