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  • Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD): Consultation on phase 6 of the eradication scheme

    Since 2010, Scotland’s industry led Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) eradication scheme has reduced the number of Scottish cattle breeding herds with BVD cases from 40% to 9%. We want to hear your views on our proposals for the next phase of the eradication scheme. Your answers will help to shape the next phase of the scheme and will help bring Scotland closer to BVD eradication. BVD is one of the most important cattle diseases for economics, productivity and welfare. Eradicating BVD... More
    Closed 7 February 2024
  • Care Leaver Payment: Consultation on policy proposals

    The Scottish Government is committed to Keeping The Promise to all children and young people. This includes ensuring that all children and young people with care experience are provided with person-centred support to assist positive transitions from care to adulthood and more independent living. Many young people with care experience do not have the same informal support network that other young people have during transition points in their lives. It is proposed that the Care Leaver... More
    Closed 26 January 2024
  • National specification for the care and treatment of eating disorders in Scotland

    We want to hear your views on the draft National Specification for the Care and Treatment of Eating Disorders in Scotland. People are invited to share their experiences of the eating disorder care and treatment they have received. However, we understand that sometimes it can be hard to talk or write about these experiences, whether your own or someone else’s. It is up to you to decide what questions you want to answer during the consultation. There is no need to... More
    Closed 26 January 2024
  • Marketing of Organic Heterogeneous Material: consultation

    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 on the Scottish Government's proposal to: Introduce secondary legislation that will permit and regulate the production and marketing of plant reproductive material of an organic and... More
    Closed 23 January 2024
  • Building standards enforcement and sanctions: consultation

    In Scotland, a Ministerial Working Group was set up following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017, to review building and fire safety regulatory frameworks. The Group commissioned two reviews of building standards; one to cover compliance and enforcement and the other fire safety. The Review Panel on Building Standards Compliance and Enforcement identified the need for improving aspects of the building standards system (covering procedural compliance, built compliance and enforcement... More
    Closed 22 January 2024
  • Mental Health Moratorium Consultation

    The Scottish Government committed to a policy review of Scotland’s statutory debt solutions with the aim of further enhancing and improving our system. Part of this review was undertaken by stakeholder-led working groups which recommended the introduction of a Mental Health Moratorium in Scotland. They recognised the benefits in establishing a specific tool which ensures people struggling with mental health and finances have access to breathing space and respite. ... More
    Closed 22 January 2024
  • Pension Age Winter Heating Payment

    The Scottish Government has committed to replacing Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) with Pension Age Winter Heating Payment (PAWHP) on a like-for-like basis. Given the significant number of clients who will be transferred to Social Security Scotland with this benefit and the need to ensure a safe and secure transition, the focus of this consultation is around gathering evidence on people’s views of the current benefit and considering how we could improve the system already in place. ... More
    Closed 15 January 2024
  • Amendments to Scottish Road Works Regulations 2024

    Minor amendments are needed within the Road Works (Qualifications of Operative and Supervisors (Scotland) Regulations 2017 and a replacement Stautory Instrument is required to replace the Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2022. This consultation seeks views on both proposed changes. Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations: The proposal is to revoke the 2022 Regulations, and create new Regulations to account for the running costs of ... More
    Closed 15 January 2024
  • Fish stocks: allocation of additional quota

    Scotland’s sea fish quotas are a national asset, and this consultation seeks your views on how the Scottish Government should allocate a portion of this national asset – what is termed Additional Quota (“AQ”). Scotland has AQ following the implementation of the Trade & Co-Operation agreement (TCA) between the UK and the EU after the UK left the EU on 1 January 2021. The Scottish Government’s Future of Fisheries Management (FFM) body of work , sets out an intention to... More
    Closed 11 January 2024
  • Scottish Social Services Council – proposed register changes

    The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is a Non-Departmental Public Body, set up under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 , with statutory public protection functions to regulate social service workers and to promote their education and training. They protect the public by registering over 160,000 social work, social care and early years workers (as of April 2023); setting standards for their practice, conduct, training and education and by supporting their... More
    Closed 2 January 2024
  • Enhancing the accessibility, adaptability and usability of Scotland’s homes: consultation

    Housing to 2040 , Scotland’s first long-term national housing strategy, reaffirmed the Scottish Government’s commitment to review the Housing for Varying Needs design guide. It also contained a commitment to develop and introduce an all-tenure Scottish Accessible Homes Standard, which will be implemented through changes to building standards and guidance from 2025-26. This consultation sets out proposed updates to Part 1 of the Housing for Varying Needs design guide... More
    Closed 21 December 2023
  • Education Reform: A Consultation on the provisions of the Education Bill

    Background In March 2022 the Scottish Government announced that the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) would be replaced with a new qualifications body. It also announced its intention to establish a new independent inspectorate whilst also needing to understand how best to align education inspection with the wider inspection system. These two announcements followed on from recommendations made by the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) June 2021 report on... More
    Closed 18 December 2023
  • Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: code of practice on the exercise of search powers by constables in Scotland

    We want to hear your views on a revised Code of Practice for constables in Scotland when they are searching people, premises or vehicles for cash, listed assets or cryptoasset-related items which may have been obtained through unlawful conduct or be intended for use in unalwful conduct. The Code replaces an existing Code on searches for cash and listed assets and has been expanded to include searches for cryptoasset-related items to take account of amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act... More
    Closed 15 December 2023
  • Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: Code of Practice on the exercise of powers by Proper Persons in Scotland

    We want to hear your views on the revised Code of Practice for Proper Persons in Scotland in relation to the exercise of powers to execute warrants and orders conferred by Chapter 3 of Part 8 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). The Code replaces an existing Code and is being revised to take account of amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) made by the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023. and your responses will help us ensure that the guidance to Proper... More
    Closed 15 December 2023
  • Plant Health Exports Audited Trader Scheme (PHEATS) - Scottish Membership

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views from interested parties who export low-risk fruit, vegetables and cut flowers to join the Plant Health Audited Trader Scheme (PHEATS) which has been operational in England and Wales. PHEATS is a voluntary exports scheme for the movement of low-risk fruit, vegetables and cut flowers to the EU and Northern Ireland. Official phytosanitary inspections will be carried out by an authorised person(s) to ensure that any consignments... More
    Closed 15 December 2023
  • Tackling the Nature Emergency: Consultation on Scotland’s Strategic Framework for Biodiversity

    Read the consultation paper This consultation is seeking views on a range of topics and proposals related to biodiversity and tackling the nature emergency in Scotland. It covers three parts of the Biodiversity Strategic Framework: The Scottish Biodiversity Strategy which sets out our vision to halt and reverse biodiversity loss; The first five-year Delivery Plan which contains the actions to deliver the vision; and The proposed Natural Environment Bill which will... More
    Closed 14 December 2023
  • New build developments: delivering gigabit-capable connections

    Digital connectivity is changing the way we work, do business and deliver public services. We want to ensure that new build homes are built with future proofed connectivity. To support this ambition the proposals outlined in this consultation will amend building standards with a consistent approach requiring developers to ensure that: all new build homes are installed with the gigabit-ready physical infrastructure necessary for gigabit-capable connections a... More
    Closed 12 December 2023
  • Strategic environmental assessment of agricultural tenancies, small landholdings and land use tenancy proposals - consultation

    The Scottish Government’s Vision for Agriculture , published in March 2022, outlines our long term vision to transform how we support farming and food production in Scotland to become a global leader in sustainable and regenerative agriculture. As outlined in the Agricultural Reform Route Map , the Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that tenant farmers, smallholders, crofters, new entrants and land managers are effectively enabled to exercise their essential role in making our... More
    Closed 11 December 2023
  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland: independent healthcare fees consultation

    Independent hospitals have been regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) since 1 April 2011 and from 1 April 2016, independent clinics where services are provided by a medical practitioner, dental practitioner, registered nurse, registered midwife or dental care professional have also been regulated by HIS. Following a consultation in early 2023 on various aspects of the regulation of independent healthcare services, we intend to amend current regulations in order... More
    Closed 11 December 2023
  • Delivery of relationships, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP) education in Scottish schools - draft statutory guidance

    This consultation seeks views on draft statutory guidance on the delivery of relationships, sexual health and parenthood education in Scottish schools. The draft guidance is an update to guidance originally published in 2014 . Work to embed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusive education across the curriculum and to review the delivery of Personal and Social Education (PSE) both recommended the existing guidance be updated. ... More
    Closed 23 November 2023
  • Alcohol: Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP): Continuation and Future Pricing: Consultation

    In 2012, the Scottish Parliament passed the Alcoho l ( M inimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 (the 2012 Act) which allowed Scottish Ministers to introduce a system of minimum unit pricing for alcohol. Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) was first implemented on 1 May 2018, with the minimum price of alcohol set at 50 pence per unit (ppu). MUP was introduced to mitigate the significant health harms caused by alcohol consumption in Scotland. ... More
    Closed 22 November 2023
  • Statutory inspection of burial authorities, cremation authorities and funeral directors

    Background The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 (‘the 2016 Act’) received Royal Assent in April 2016. It provides a modern, comprehensive legislative framework for burial and cremation in Scotland. Many of the 2016 Act’s provisions are rooted in recommendations made by the Infant Cremation Commission , the National Cremation Investigation and the Burial and Cremation Review Group . The 2016 Act gives Scottish Ministers the power to, amongst other things,... More
    Closed 17 November 2023
  • Funeral director licensing scheme for Scotland

    Background The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 (‘the 2016 Act’) received Royal Assent in April 2016. It provides a modern, comprehensive legislative framework for burial and cremation in Scotland. Many of the 2016 Act’s provisions are rooted in recommendations made by the Infant Cremation Commission , the National Cremation Investigation and the Burial and Cremation Review Group . The 2016 Act gives Scottish Ministers the power to, amongst other things,... More
    Closed 17 November 2023
  • Management of burial grounds, application for burial, exhumation, private burial and restoration of lairs: regulation in Scotland

    Our aim is to modernise the legislation governing burial in Scotland by using the regulation making powers set out in the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 ('the 2016 Act'). The consultation paper sets out a range of proposals and approaches with the aim of clarifying and streamlining existing burial practices as well as introducing new provisions. In particular, we invite views on the following areas: commencement of Part 1 of the 2016 Act, ... More
    Closed 17 November 2023
  • Regulation of alkaline hydrolysis (‘water cremation’) in Scotland

    The Scottish Government wants to ensure that all those who have died are treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Death, burial, cremation and related topics are very emotive subjects. There are also ethical, faith, social and cultural dimensions to caring for the deceased. This consultation seeks to balance clarity of language around the alkaline hydrolysis process with the objective of ensuring that the subject matter is treated with care, respect and sensitivity. While developing... More
    Closed 17 November 2023
  • National Islands Plan review: consultation

    Scotland’s first ever National Islands Plan was published in 2019. It is now being reviewed as required by the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, which may lead to the publication of a new National Islands Plan. The Scottish Government wants to work together with local authorities, island communities and relevant sectors and partners to ensure this process is as thorough and effective as possible, providing us with vital feedback from those most impacted by the National Islands Plan. ... More
    Closed 7 November 2023
  • Improving inshore fisheries data: consultation on requiring electronic tracking and monitoring technology on under 12 metre commercial fishing vessels

    We are seeking views on using electronic tracking and monitoring technologies on under 12 metre commercial fishing vessels in Scottish waters (and Scottish vessels wherever they operate). The technology will provide a greater insight into t he distribution and activity of these vessels. The data generated could be used by the Scottish Government for future fisheries management, environmental protection, provision of scientific advice and to identify key fishing areas in marine... More
    Closed 7 November 2023
  • Quality prescribing for respiratory: a guide for improvement 2024-2027

    We want to hear your views on the draft 'Quality prescribing for respiratory: a guide for improvement 2024-2027'. Respiratory diseases are amongst our largest health concerns. We've all had illnesses or seasonal allergies that can affect our breathing. However, the scope of respiratory disease and the impact on sufferers are often misunderstood. Respiratory diseases are a major driver of health inequalities with a high prevalence in Scotland's most deprived areas. The Guidance... More
    Closed 31 October 2023
  • National Marine Plan 2 Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Scoping Report

    Not only in Scotland, but globally, the decisions that govern our oceans are vital to the future of our planet. We require a new National Marine Plan that reflects the significant challenges and opportunities of today. Scotland’s National Marine Plan (NMP) was published in 2015. Following statutory reviews and listening to feedback we received on the current plan, last year Scottish Ministers committed to update and replace the NMP (NMP2). The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009... More
    Closed 30 October 2023
  • Health and social care integration authority planning and performance reporting statutory guidance: consultation

    The strategic commissioning plans and performance reporting statutory guidance were initially published by the Scottish Government in 2015 and 2016. The purpose of the statutory guidance is to support integration authorities, who plan and direct the delivery of health and social care services, to produce strategic plans and annual performance reports. Strategic plans and performance reports are requirements under the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 . This... More
    Closed 27 October 2023
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