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  • 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
    Closes 31 March 2022
  • Guiding principles on the environment: draft statutory guidance

    The UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 (“the Continuity Act”) introduces new duties on Ministers and other public authorities to have due regard to five guiding principles on the environment. The guiding principles sit alongside Scotland’s... More
    Closes 8 February 2022
  • Bail and release from custody arrangements in Scotland

    We want to reassess what role prisons and the use of imprisonment should play in a just and fair society. We have the opportunity to take a transformative approach to the way some parts of the justice system operates in Scotland, delivering better outcomes for all. This includes a focus on the... More
    Closes 7 February 2022
  • Building regulations - compliance and enforcements: consultation

    Building Standards Division (BSD), is developing a national Compliance Plan approach to provide greater assurance that compliance with building regulations is achieved from design to completion. This consultation seeks to obtain the views on the development of a new Compliance Plan... More
    Closes 4 February 2022
  • Assessment of Wellbeing (GIRFEC)

    This is a consultation on statutory guidance in line with Section 96(3) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (the Act), which states that Scottish Ministers must issue guidance on how the eight wellbeing indicators are to be used to assess the wellbeing of a child or young person.... More
    Closes 4 February 2022
  • Review of the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement

    In September 2017, the Scottish Government published the first Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement (the Statement). This set out the principles for land rights and responsibilities in Scotland and was the first of its kind in the world. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016... More
    Closes 28 January 2022
  • Offensive Weapons Act 2019 Scottish statutory guidance

    This statutory guidance is published in draft by the Scottish Government and relates to certain provisions contained within the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 (“the 2019 Act”) that extend to Scotland. This draft guidance covers provisions in the 2019 Act that extend only to Scotland and... More
    Closes 25 January 2022
  • Ending the need for food banks: a draft national plan

    The draft national plan sets out what the Scottish Government are currently doing and what more we intend to do, alongside others, to end the need for food banks as a primary response to food insecurity. The consultation questions will help us to identify further practical action that can be... More
    Closes 25 January 2022
  • Onshore Wind Policy Statement

    Onshore wind is a proven cheap and reliable source of electricity generation and Scotland’s resource and commitment have seen us lead the way in onshore wind deployment and support across the UK. It is clear that onshore wind will be vital in our progress towards Scotland's legally-binding... More
    Closes 21 January 2022
  • Aviation strategy

    This consultation seeks your views on how to realise our vision for aviation: "For Scotland to have national and international connectivity that allows us to enjoy all the economic and social benefits of air travel while reducing our environmental impact." It covers the transition to low... More
    Closes 21 January 2022
  • Draft Hydrogen Action Plan

    On 10 November 2021, the Scottish Government published a draft Hydrogen Action Plan that articulates the actions that will be taken over the next five years to support the development of the hydrogen economy in Scotland which will further our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from... More
    Closes 19 January 2022
  • Tied pubs: draft Scottish Pubs Code - Part 1

    This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Government's proposals on the Scottish Pubs Code for tied pubs. It covers proposals on Market Rent Only leases and guest beer agreements. On 23 March 2021, the Scottish Parliament unanimously passed the Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill... More
    Closes 17 January 2022
  • Suicide Prevention Strategy Development Questionnaire

    Scottish Government and the Convention for Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) have committed to jointly develop a new suicide prevention strategy for Scotland This will use the available evidence and intelligence to build on the work which has already been undertaken across Scotland to... More
    Closes 7 January 2022
  • Scotland's National Transport Strategy Impact Assessments

    Scotland’s National Transport Strategy 2 (NTS2) sets out the vision for Scotland’s transport system to the year 2040. The NTS2 outlines the four priorities for our transport system: Reduces inequalities Takes climate action ... More
    Closes 5 January 2022
  • Scottish Landfill Tax: further clarity and certainty

    The Scottish Government is committed to providing clarity and certainty to taxpayers and their customers regarding the application of Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT), reflecting the Scottish approach to taxation and to ensure a level playing field across the waste and recycling industry. ... More
    Closes 31 December 2021
  • Legal services regulation reform in Scotland

    Views are being sought on developing a system of legal services regulation that would promote a flourishing legal sector and place consumer interests at its heart. Ministers want to ensure the system of regulation in Scotland incorporates the competitive provision of legal... More
    Closes 24 December 2021
  • Changes to the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) scheme

    Supplier payment default under the Renewables Obligation (RO) support scheme has emerged in recent years. The scheme features a mutualisation mechanism which seeks to recover unpaid bills from other electricity suppliers once they exceed a threshold. The UK Government recently legislated to... More
    Closes 23 December 2021
  • Devolved social security benefits

    The Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 allows Scottish Ministers to make regulations that would transfer some or all of the competence and jurisdiction that a sheriff has over debt recovery in the devolved social security system to the Social Security Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal. ... More
    Closes 23 December 2021
  • Becoming a fair work nation

    We are launching a public consultation on Scotland becoming a Fair Work Nation. The Scottish Government’s vision, shared with the Fair Work Convention , is that by 2025, people in Scotland will have a world leading working life where Fair Work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for... More
    Closes 23 December 2021
  • The next Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland

    It is a requirement of Section 40 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (as amended) that Scottish Ministers prepare such a Framework document, and do so in consultation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), bodies representing SFRS staff, t he Convention of Scottish Local Authorities... More
    Closes 22 December 2021
  • The use of dogs to control foxes and other wild mammals in Scotland

    We recognised concerns about whether the legislation that governs the use of dogs to hunt for mammals in Scotland is working properly. That is why we asked the Right Honourable Lord Bonomy to undertake a review to ascertain whether the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 provided... More
    Closes 15 December 2021
  • Consultation on reforming the non-domestic rates system: proposals, the draft valuation roll, content of valuation notices, etc.

    The report of the independent Barclay Review of Non-Domestic Rates was published in August 2017 and made a number of recommendations to reform the non-domestic rates system including the appeals process. The Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Act 2020 creates the requirement for assessors to... More
    Closes 15 December 2021
  • Draft Heat Networks Delivery Plan

    Read the consultation paper This draft heat networks delivery plan sets out how the provisions of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021, and related policies, will contribute to increased heat networks across Scotland. It also outlines the proposed regulatory regime for the heat networks... More
    Closes 13 December 2021
  • The future of Recorded Crime and Police Activity Statistics

    The Scottish Crime Recording Board would like to consult users on the production and dissemination of Scotland’s recorded crime statistics. Questions are also asked on the possible development of new statistical products covering other types of policing activity. Scottish Government... More
    Closes 10 December 2021
  • Scottish Crime and Justice Survey

    The Scottish Government would like to consult users on the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) in the context of the forthcoming re-procurement. Details of the Consultation can be found in the Consultation Paper. The SCJS is a large-scale social survey which asks people... More
    Closes 9 December 2021
  • Local food for everyone

    Scotland has some of the best food and drink in the world, enjoyed around the globe and creating jobs the length and breadth of the country. Since 2007 the Scottish Government has dramatically improved the landscape for food in Scotland, from school lunches to whisky exports, from... More
    Closes 2 December 2021
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