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  • 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
    Opened 9 October 2019
  • 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
    Opened 8 October 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
    Opened 3 October 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
    Opened 1 October 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
    Opened 30 September 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
    Opened 27 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
  • 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
    Opened 11 September 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
    Opened 10 September 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
    Opened 9 September 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
    Opened 2 September 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
    Opened 1 September 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
    Opened 31 August 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 sector... More
    Opened 30 August 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
    Opened 30 August 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
    Opened 30 August 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
    Opened 28 August 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
    Opened 26 August 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
    Opened 7 August 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
    Opened 31 July 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
    Opened 31 July 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
    Opened 8 July 2019
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