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  • Housing to 2040: consultation on outline policy options

    The consultation asks for your views on the Scottish Government’s draft vision and principles for our homes and communities in 2040, and your suggestions for innovative, bold and imaginative proposals in order to deliver the housing to 2040 vision. Your views will help to inform the Scottish... More
    Opened 2 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
  • National Library of Scotland Draft 2020–2025 Strategy

    The National Library of Scotland is the largest library in the country, with more than 31 million items held in trust for the Scottish people. We preserve the memory of the nation with collections that span the centuries, from earliest times to the digital age. The Library is the... More
    Opened 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
  • Marine Scotland offshore renewables decommissioning guidance: consultation

    The decommissioning responsibilities and powers for Offshore Renewables Energy Installations in Scottish Waters transferred from the Secretary of State to Scottish Ministers in April 2017. Until then the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy... More
    Opened 22 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
  • Social Security - Draft Mainstreaming Equality Outcomes

    Social Security Scotland is working to develop its first Equality Strategy. This strategy will ensure equality is at the centre of all that we do. The strategy will set out our commitment to mainstreaming equality, and this will be underpinned by a set of strong mainstreaming equality... More
    Opened 7 November 2019
  • The Replacement of European Structural Funds In Scotland Post EU-Exit

    If the UK leaves the EU it will no longer receive support from the European Structural Funds. The purpose of these funds is to “invest in job creation and a sustainable and healthy European economy and environment.” . In Scotland, they have played a vital role in reducing disparities across... More
    Opened 5 November 2019
  • Review of changes introduced by Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Act 2014

    Over the last year Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) has been seeking feedback from stakeholders and gathering information on how each of the changes implemented by the 2014 Act have been working in practice, and if there is a requirement for further improvements to be made. This... More
    Opened 5 November 2019
  • Proposed programme for reviewing and extending permitted development rights (PDR) in Scotland

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s Proposed Work Programme, and associated Sustainability Appraisal (SA) report, for reviewing and extending permitted development rights (PDR) in Scotland. The independent review of the planning system recommended exploring... More
    Opened 5 November 2019
  • 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
    Opened 31 October 2019
  • A Consultation on Information sharing agreements between NHS Scotland boards and Police Scotland

    The aim of the national information sharing agreement is to provide clarity and consistency to NHS Scotland Boards on how and what information in relation to victims of rape and sexual assualt is shared between the NHS boards and Police Scotland. The information sharing agreement also aims to... More
    Closed 30 October 2019
  • Ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people: consultation

    We are seeking views on whether there is a need to take mandatory action to ban the sale of energy drinks to children and young people. This is to help reduce the overconsumption of these drinks and the health harms associated with that. More
    Opened 29 October 2019
  • Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2020

    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 2020-21 financial year. The intention is to revoke the 2019 instrument, and replace with a new instrument for 2020. This consultation... More
    Opened 25 October 2019
  • A Consultation on Scotland's National Transport Strategy

    The consultation is on the new draft National Transport Strategy (NTS) for Scotland, which aims to set out a compelling vision for the future of transport for the next twenty years. More
    Closed 23 October 2019
  • Practical Fire Safety Guidance for existing Specialised Housing and other supported domestic accommodation

    What is this consultation about? The Scottish Government is gathering views on draft Fire Safety Guidance for Specialised Housing (and other supported domestic accommodation). We will use the responses to further develop and refine the guidance. The Guidance has been drafted to... More
    Closed 22 October 2019
  • Social security advocacy service standards

    Section 10 of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 requires Scottish Ministers to ensure that independent advocacy services are available to support disabled people who because of their disability, need an advocacy worker’s help to make a claim to Social Security Scotland. In this... More
    Closed 7 October 2019
  • Review of Strategic Police Priorities: Consultation

    The Strategic Police Priorities (SPPs) relate to the direction for policing in Scotland, and the carrying out of the Scottish Police Authority’s functions. They are set by Scottish Ministers, and fit within a broader planning framework for the police service in Scotland. The SPPs were last set... More
    Closed 4 October 2019
  • Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy for Scotland, 2019-2024

    The Scottish Government aims to help people sustain and improve their health, independence and wellbeing. This Strategy will provide an opportunity to present an achievable vision of a joined up, whole system approach to falls and fracture prevention and management which will help to deliver on... More
    Closed 30 September 2019
  • Steps to Improve the Operational Effectiveness of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010

    In February 2011, the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 (“the 2010 Act”) came into force. This legislation was a Members’ Bill brought forward by Christine Grahame MSP which gave powers to local authorities to help control dogs within communities. In particular, powers were granted to... More
    Opened 27 September 2019
  • Funeral Director: Code of Practice Consultation

    This is a consultation on a statutory Funeral Director: Code of Practice. Funeral directors will be inspected against this Code once it comes into force and will be legally obliged to meet its requirements. The Code was developed with input from a funeral director industry working group... More
    Closed 20 September 2019
  • The Stone of Destiny

    The following material is being published by the Scottish Government on behalf of the Commissioners for the Safeguarding of the Regalia The Commissioners for the Safeguarding of the Regalia are seeking views on factors relevant to the future location of the Stone of Destiny. ... More
    Closed 19 September 2019
  • Legal Aid Reform in Scotland: Consultation

    Three overarching foundations of reform have been identified, namely that legal aid: i) has the user voice at its centre; ii) has flexibility to address and adapt to user need; and iii) should be regarded as a public service. Views are firstly invited on these foundations for change,... More
    Closed 19 September 2019
  • Consultation on the Right to Buy Land to Further Sustainable Development

    A consultation on regulations to bring into force Part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, the right to buy land to further sustainable development. More
    Closed 19 September 2019
  • The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019

    In 2017 we consulted on proposals to improve the energy efficiency and condition standards of privately rented housing in Scotland. Informed by this consultation, the Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map confirmed our intention to bring forward regulations based on Energy Performance Certificates... More
    Closed 13 September 2019
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