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  • Further Extension of Coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to More Organisations

    The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (‘the Act’) The Act provides a statutory right of access to information held by Scottish public authorities. These range from the Scottish Parliament and Government, to local authorities, NHS boards, higher and further education bodies, doctors and dental practitioners. Requested information must be provided unless it is subject to one or more exemptions, as set out in the Act. If a requester is dissatisfied with the... More
    Opened 12 June 2015
  • A Consultation on the Pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan

    A working group consisting of Marine Scotland, Orkney Islands Council and Highland Council have developed this pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan. The Plan sets out an integrated planning policy framework to guide marine development, activities and management decisions, whilst ensuring the quality of the marine environment is protected. The marine environment is used for a wide variety of different purposes and this Plan aims to set out a coherent... More
    Opened 15 June 2015
  • Consultation of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015

    Hopes Reservoir, East Lothian This consultation seeks comments on the draft Reservoirs (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 (―the draft Regulations‖). The draft Regulations amend the Reservoirs (Scotland) Regulations 2015 (―the 2015 Regulations‖) to make further provision in relation to the risk designation of controlled reservoirs under Part 1 of the Reservoir (Scotland) Act 2011 and to clarify various provisions of the 2015 Regulations ... More
    Opened 15 June 2015
  • Permitted Development Rights: Non Domestic Solar Panels and Domestic Air Source Heat Pumps

    The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 (as updated) provides for a range of buildings, technologies and other ‘developments’ to go ahead without the need for planning permission. Other permissions, such as a building warrant or listed building consent may still be required. The removal of the planning application step means there is no planning application fee to be paid and there would be no cost arising paid from the preparation of... More
    Opened 22 June 2015
  • Consultation on the Removal of the 3 Year Limitation Period From Civil Actions for Damages For Personal Injury for in Care Survivors of Historical Child Abuse

    On 28 May 2015, Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning addressed the Parliament on the National Inquiry into Historical Child Abuse1 . This was the culmination of a lengthy process of collaborative working between the Scottish Government, the Scottish Human Rights Commission (“the SHRC”) and other key stakeholders. A timeline of that work is set out at Annex A. In that announcement, the Cabinet Secretary set out the package of measures to support... More
    Opened 25 June 2015
  • Consultation on the Law of Succession

    In August 2014, the Scottish Government published a consultation on technical issues relating to succession law. That paper set out that it would be followed by a further consultation on more fundamental changes to succession law to inform their policy development. This paper fulfils that commitment. The Scottish Law Commission (the Commission) reviewed the law of succession and issued a Report in 2009 - Report on Succession (Scot Law Com No 215) (the Report). For information on the... More
    Opened 26 June 2015
  • Prescription and Title to Moveable Property

    The Report on Prescription and Title to Moveable Property was published by the Scottish Law Commission (the Commission) following a Discussion Paper of the same title. The Report on Prescription and Title to Moveable Property (Scot Law Com, No. 228, 2012) was published by the Scottish Law Commission (the Commission) following a Discussion Paper of the same title (Scot Law Com DP No. 144, 2010). It includes a proposed draft Bill which is attached to this consultation as Annex A.... More
    Opened 1 July 2015
  • Consultation on the draft Private and Public Water Supplies (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2015

    The Scottish Ministers are seeking comments on proposals to transpose Council Directive 2013/51/Euratom (“the new Directive”) which sets out requirements for the protection of the health of the general public with regard to radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption. The Scottish Government has produced draft Private and Public Water Supplies (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2015. Please note that these regulations do not transpose the new Directive... More
    Opened 3 July 2015
  • Creating a Fairer Scotland: Employability Support

    In Scotland, a range of employability programmes and initiatives help tackle unemployment and support people into work. The Scottish Government, its agencies and a range of private, third and public sector partners help people find work, develop skills to prepare them for work and match the skills needs of Scotland’s employers to those of Scotland’s workforce. Both national and local employability programmes provide a range of focused support, mentoring and... More
    Opened 6 July 2015
  • Consultation on the Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy

    This is the first Scottish Strategy focused on pregnancy and parenthood amongst young people. It aims to increase the choices and opportunities available to young people which will support their wellbeing and prosperity across the life course. The Strategy addresses the fundamental causes of pregnancy in young people and its consequences, with actions focused on how we can impact on the wider environmental and social influences and individual experiences which effect inequalities.... More
    Opened 7 July 2015
  • Consultation on Draft Regulations that Prescribe Eligibility Criteria for Appointment to the Scottish Tribunals

    The Scottish Tribunals The Tribunals Act creates a new, simplified structure for tribunals dealing with devolved matters in Scotland. It establishes two new tribunals: the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (will generally hear first instance cases) and the Upper Tribunal for Scotland (primarily for appeals), known collectively as the Scottish Tribunals. In due course all of the devolved tribunal jurisdictions will transferin to the Scottish Tribunals. In the first phase,... More
    Opened 17 July 2015
  • A consultation on land and buildings transaction tax rules for property authorised investment funds

    Purpose The purpose of this consultation is to gather views from the investment management industry and other interested stakeholders on the potential introduction of an exemption from Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) for the transfer of properties from Authorised Unit Trusts (AUTs) to Open Ended Investment Companies (OEICs) in Scotland in certain specified circumstances. As a result of the consultation, we hope to understand the impact that this proposed change in tax... More
    Opened 17 July 2015
  • The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Safeguarders Panel) Regulations 2012

    This paper follows a review of the extant regulations and seeks respondents’ views on a number of questions. We want to ensure that the governing regulations offer the right framework to support the expectations associated with the standards and framework. Experience from the operation of the Safeguarders Panel since June 2013 - and the outputs from the more recent development work - now mean we can be clearer about what will be expected from safeguarders, and in turn what they can expect... More
    Opened 21 July 2015
  • Consultation on Mobile Traders Food Hygiene National Standards

    Consultation on Mobile Traders Food Hygiene National Standards. Following complaints from business about inconsistency, provisions within the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 made amendments to require the certificate to be from the food authority where the business is registered. Nationals standards for mobile trader food hygiene have been developed to support this and provide consistency and transparency, efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation and enforcement of regulations.... More
    Opened 27 July 2015
  • Fees for Seed Testing, Seed Certification and Associated Seed Functions

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views from individuals and companies including seed merchants, seed processors, seed packers, licensed crop inspectors licensed seed samplers, Licensed Seed Testing Stations, farmers and interested members of the public on the proposal to: • Amend fees for Seed Certification & Associated Seed Functions to allow full cost recovery Any amendment in fees would become effective from 1 July 2016 More
    Opened 14 August 2015
  • Consultation on a change of policy for the disposal of animal by-products in parts of Scotland currently designated as remote areas as defined under the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2013

    The European Commission received a complaint against the UK alleging breaches of Union legislation regarding the collection and disposal of animal by-products (ABP) from aquaculture establishments in Scotland. Following discussions with the European Commission, they have confirmed that the Scottish Government is not implementing the derogation for remote areas correctly. To comply with European legislation, the Scottish Government is in the process of changing the policy that allows ABPs... More
    Opened 19 August 2015
  • Making Things Last: Consultation on creating a more circular economy in Scotland

    This consultation explores the priorities for building a more circular economy – where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible. It builds on Scotland’s progress in the zero waste and resource efficiency agendas, with a new focus on a much broader set of business and industry opportunities. This matters because of the significant potential benefits: to the economy – improving productivity, opening up new markets and improving resilience;... More
    Opened 20 August 2015
  • Consultation on Allotments Compensation: Secondary Legislation under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

    “Consultation on Allotments Compensation: Secondary Legislation under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 A consultation seeking views on what procedures should be put in place for determining compensation payable to tenants and landlords of allotment sites for disturbance, loss of crops and deterioration. The consultation will help define the future regulations in this area.” More
    Opened 20 August 2015
  • Consultation on a draft statutory code of practice and training requirements for letting agents in Scotland

    The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 introduces a framework for the regulation of letting agents in Scotland. This includes: a mandatory register of letting agents with an associated ‘fit and proper’ person test; a training requirement that must be met to be admitted to the register; a statutory code of practice all letting agents must follow; a way for tenants and landlords to resolve complaints against letting agents for breaches of... More
    Opened 24 August 2015
  • A consultation on working together for people who go missing in Scotland

    A consultation on working together for people who go missing in Scotland What is the purpose of this Strategy? Our aim is to reduce the harm related to people going missing. This Strategy provides a framework for how organisations can reduce that harm by working together, and seeks to raise the profile of the issues connected with people going missing. It doesn’t propose to create new systems alongside those that already exist, but to ensure that the prevention and handling of... More
    Opened 27 August 2015
  • Scotland's first National Marine Plan - how did we do?

    Scotland’s National Marine Plan was published in 2015, following a commitment to create a single planning framework to manage both Scottish inshore waters (out to12 nautical miles) and offshore waters (12 to 200 nautical miles). It also applies to the exercise of both reserved and devolved functions. The Plan was developed over a period of five years in three main phases Part One: The ‘Pre-consultation phase’ ... More
    Opened 31 August 2015
  • Consultation on the setting of Decapitalisation Rates

    This consultation paper addresses prescription of the decapitalisation rate to be used when subjects are valued using the contractor’s basis . More
    Opened 31 August 2015
  • Consultation on complaints concerning functions relating to the named person and child's plan

    Executive Summary The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (CYPA) was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 19 February 2014, and received Royal Assent on 27 March 2014. The legislation is a key part of the Scottish Government's strategy for making Scotland the best place to grow up. By facilitating a shift in public services towards early intervention whenever a family, child or young person needs help, the legislation encourages preventative measures, rather than crises... More
    Opened 4 September 2015
  • Consultation on Possible Designation of a Seal Haul-Out Site

    The Scottish Government received a proposal that a seal haul-out site located at the mouth of the River Ythan should be considered for designation to protect seals using this site from harassment. This is a relatively new site for grey seals situated in the East Coast of Scotland Management Area. This site was identified as important too late in the original seal haul-out designation process to be included in 2014. In response Marine Scotland requested SMRU on behalf of... More
    Opened 7 September 2015
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD): The Scottish Government’s Draft Delivery Plan 2016-2020

    United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD): The Scottish Government’s Draft Delivery Plan 2016-2020 The Scottish Government has a clear aim: for disabled people to have the same equality and human rights as non-disabled people. This means disabled people having the same freedom, dignity, choice and control over their lives as everyone else, with rights to practical assistance and support at home, at work and in the wider community. However, for... More
    Opened 8 September 2015
  • The Police Act 1997 and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 Remedial Order 2015

    We would prefer to receive electronic responses. However, you may wish to provide a response by hard copy and this can be done by addressing your response to: Anna Bulik Policy Team Disclosure Scotland Pacific Quay Glasgow G51 1DZ We would be grateful if you would please clearly indicate in your response which parts of the 2015 Order you are responding to, as this will aid collation of the responses received. More
    Opened 10 September 2015
  • Consultation on air quality plans to meet EU limit values for nitrogen dioxide in Scotland

    Consultation on updated UK and zonal air quality action plans outlining work being undertaken to ensure compliance with EU nitrogen dioxide limit values in the shortest possible time. More
    Opened 14 September 2015
  • Proposals for the creation of an Offence of Wilful Neglect or Ill-treatment with regard to services for Children under the age of 18 - Further Engagement

    This consultation outlines and invites views on the Scottish Government’s proposals for a new criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect with regard to services for children. It also seeks views on what services should be included. These proposals have been developed within the context of Scottish Ministers’ commitment to promoting and fulfilling the requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). More
    Opened 16 September 2015
  • Review of Civil Partnership

    During the Parliamentary passage of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014, the Scottish Government said that we would carry out a review of civil partnership in Scotland. This consultation is part of that review and enables civic society across Scotland to contribute to the discussion.The three options are no change, so that civil partnership would remain available for same sex couples only; stopping new civil partnerships being registered at some date in the future; or... More
    Opened 22 September 2015
  • Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 - Consultation on Draft Regulations for: 1) the Transfer of Functions and Members of (A) the Private Rented Housing Panel and (B) the Homeowner Housing Panel, to the Scottish Tribunals, and; (2) the Composition of the Scottish Tribunals when hearing Housing and Property cases

    Part One This consultation seeks your views on draft regulations to transfer the functions and members of the Private Rented Housing Panel (prhp), the Private Rented Housing Committee (prhc), the Homeowner Housing Panel (hohp) and the Homeowner Housing Committee (hohc) to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland. Part Two This consultation seeks your views on draft regulations that determine the composition of the First-tier Tribunal when hearing Private Rented Sector... More
    Opened 22 September 2015
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