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  • The practice of cash retention under construction contracts

    There is evidence that some payment practices prevalent in the construction industry are a barrier to investment, productivity improvements and growth. Cash retention, where the process is misused or abused, can be one such practice . The retention system is a long-standing... More
    Opened 4 December 2019
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Prostate Cancer Quality Performance Indicators Consultation

    Under the auspices of the Scottish Cancer Taskforce, National Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) were developed to drive continuous quality improvement in cancer care across NHSScotland. The Prostate Cancer QPIs were first published in May 2012. The QPIs are subject to formal... More
    Opened 12 November 2019
  • Circular Economy: Proposals for Legislation

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s proposals for legislation to develop Scotland’s circular economy. A circular economy is one in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible. It can benefit the environment, by cutting waste and carbon emissions; the... More
    Opened 7 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 consultation... 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
  • Consultation on the draft content of the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Specified Type A Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations

    On 11 June the Scottish Parliament passed the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Act 2019 (‘the 2019 Act’). The 2019 Act provides for a deemed authorisation system of deceased organ and tissue donation for transplantation in Scotland. This is more commonly referred to as an ‘opt-out’... More
    Opened 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
  • SRWR (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
  • Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy Review

    The Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy is at the heart of Scotland’s collective efforts to tackle this crime. Trafficking can involve victims being sexually exploited or forced into the role of a servant, or trapped in forced labour. Nail bars, car washes and construction are... More
    Opened 18 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 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
  • 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
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