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  • Development of the Islands Bond

    Population decline is a real threat to the sustainability of many, although not all, of Scotland’s island communities. During the consultation for the National Islands Plan, depopulation was the top priority issue identified by respondents. That is why, through the National... More
    Closes 25 October 2021
  • Scottish Building Regulations: Proposed changes to Energy Standards and associated topics, including Ventilation, Overheating and Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

    Scottish building regulations set minimum standards applicable to new buildings and to new work to existing buildings. Our recent draft Heat in Buildings Strategy sets out our vision for decarbonising heat and reducing energy demand across all buildings in Scotland, setting out the scale of... More
    Closes 15 October 2021
  • Home energy efficiency: equity loan pilot

    Scotland’s long term climate change targets will require the near complete decarbonisation of our energy system by 2045, with renewable energy meeting a very significant share of our needs. The Scottish Government's draft Heat in Buildings Strategy sets out a pathway to zero emission... More
    Closes 8 October 2021
  • Domestic Energy Performance Certificates reform

    Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) are a useful tool to help property owners, buyers and tenants compare information on the energy performance of a property. C onsidering how we use EPCs to regulate and encourage change is a key part of achieving net zero. This consultation forms the first... More
    Closes 8 October 2021
  • Building standards (fire safety) - a consultation on external wall systems

    This consultation seeks to obtain the views and opinions of stakeholders on a review of building standards relating to the fire safety of cladding to help ensure the safety of people in and around Scotland's buildings. The consultation covers five main areas, as follows: the... More
    Closes 8 October 2021
  • Implementing the bus provisions of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019

    Bus Services are an economic and social cornerstone for Scotland. The sector accounts for three quarters of all public transport journeys and is set to play an increasingly important role in achieving a just transition to net zero by 2045. However, bus patronage in Scotland (and the UK) has been... More
    Closes 6 October 2021
  • Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007: updated Code of Practice and Guidance for Adult Protection Committees

    The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (the Act) was implemented in 2008, at which time the Scottish Government published an Adult Support and Protection Code of Practice and also Guidance for Adult Protection Committees (APC). A revised Code of Practice was published in 2014. ... More
    Closes 28 September 2021
  • Gaelic Language Plan

    The Scottish Government recognises that Gaelic is an integral part of Scotland’s heritage, national identity and current cultural life. The Scottish Government has taken action and has put in place the necessary structures and initiatives to ensure that Gaelic has a sustainable future in a... More
    Closes 9 September 2021
  • Scottish Social Housing Charter Review

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Social Housing Charter. The Charter was introduced by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010, which requires Ministers to set standards and outcomes that social landlords should be achieving for tenants and other customers through their housing activities.... More
    Closes 9 September 2021
  • Workplace Parking Licensing Regulations and Guidance

    The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 introduced a discretionary power for local authorities to implement Workplace Parking Licensing (WPL) schemes. The Act provides the legislative framework for WPL and confers powers on Scottish Ministers to make regulations in relation to certain elements. This... More
    Closes 6 September 2021
  • A9 North Kessock to Tore Study - Preliminary Appraisal

    The first phase of this study, the Initial Appraisal (Case for Change), was published in March 2021 and concluded that there was evidence for a ‘Case for Change’ within the study area. We are now progressing through the Initial Appraisal stage of this process which involves reviewing the... More
    Closes 27 August 2021
  • Adult Support and Protection Guidance for General Practitioners and Primary Care Teams

    The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 is designed to protect those adults who are unable to safeguard their own interests and are at risk of harm because they are affected by: disability; mental disorder; illness; physical or mental infirmity.Harm means all harm including self-harm... More
    Closes 26 August 2021
  • New Year’s Day Trading for Large Retailers

    We are consulting with employees and retail businesses on whether the law should be changed to close large retail businesses on New Year’s Day. A large shop is defined as one with a relevant floor area over 280 square metres (for comparison purposes a tennis court is 260 square metres). The... More
    Closes 24 August 2021
  • Use and Sale of Fireworks in Scotland, and tackling the misuse of pyrotechnics

    What this consultation is about This consultation consists of two sections. The first considers changes to how fireworks can be sold and used in Scotland; while the second section considers the use of pyrotechnic devices. More specifically, Section 1 seeks views on four... More
    Closes 15 August 2021
  • Short Term Lets: Consultation on draft Licensing Order and Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA)

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government's short-term lets draft Licensing Order and Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA). The Scottish Government intends to lay the Licensing Order at the Scottish Parliament in September 2021. More
    Closes 13 August 2021
  • Fish Farm Containment and Marine Mammal Interactions Code of Practice

    Section 7 of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007 (“2007 Act”) empowers the Scottish Ministers to approve a code of practice, in whole or in part, in order to give practical guidance to fish farmers, promoting desirable practices with respect to the containment of fish on fish... More
    Closes 3 August 2021
  • Consultation on Traffic Regulation Orders

    The Scottish Government has heard various calls over the last few years from Local Authorities detailing how they think improvements can be made to the regulations which govern how traffic flows on our roads and streets. Some view the current processes as no longer fit for purpose hence why... More
    Closed 30 July 2021
  • NHSScotland 'Once for Scotland' Workforce Policies: Homeworking Policy

    The 'Once for Scotland' Workforce Policies Programme is designed to review and transform existing workforce policies (previously known as Partnership Information Network (PIN) Policies) in line with our vision: "'Once for Scotland' workforce policies will promote NHSScotland as a modern,... More
    Closed 26 July 2021
  • Registers of child welfare reporters, curators ad litem and of solicitors who may be appointed when an individual has been prohibited from conducting their case themselves

    The Children (Scotland) Act 2020 (the 2020 Act) gained Royal Assent on 1 October 2020. The 2020 Act builds on the existing Children (Scotland) Act 1995 (the 1995 Act). During the passage of the 2020 Act through the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government committed to a full... More
    Closed 12 July 2021
  • Regulation of child contact centre services

    Child contact centres can play an important role in allowing a child to have a relationship with a parent. Child contact centres are safe venues for conflict-free contact between children, parents, and other people in the child’s life. The Children (Scotland) Act 2020 gives the Scottish... More
    Closed 12 July 2021
  • University of the Highlands and Islands Further Education Teaching Programme

    Whether the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) should provide a Further Education Teaching Programme for individuals seeking registration as a further education teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) More
    Closed 29 June 2021
  • Local Place Plan Regulations consultation

    Local Place Plans are community led plans providing proposals for the development and use of land. Introduced by the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 these plans will set out a community’s aspirations for its future development. More
    Closed 25 June 2021
  • Impact on Islands Communities of Free Bus Travel for Young People Under 22

    This consultation seeks views on the impact on island communities of the introduction of free bus travel throughout Scotland for those under age 22 . More
    Closed 25 June 2021
  • UK Dolphin and Porpoise Conservation Strategy: consultation

    The Scottish Government, in collaboration with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Welsh Government (WG), Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Northern Ireland (DAERA) and the UK Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, have developed this UK... More
    Closed 14 June 2021
  • Miners’ Strike 1984/85 Pardon: Consultation

    In October 2020, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice announced that the Scottish Government accepted in principle the recommendation made by an independent review panel, that subject to establishing suitable criteria, the Scottish Government should introduce legislation to pardon miners convicted... More
    Closed 4 June 2021
  • Short Life Working Group on Prescription Medicine Dependence and Withdrawal - Consultation on Draft Recommendations

    In response to a public petition in Scotland and work undertaken by Public Health England to review dependence and withdrawal associated with some prescribed medicines, Scottish Government established a short life working group (SLWG) to look at the scale of the issues in Scotland and the... More
    Closed 4 June 2021
  • Consultation on a Patient Safety Commissioner Role for Scotland

    The Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2020-21 commits the Government to establishing a Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland. This paper therefore seeks views on what that role should look like; who the Patient Safety Commissioner should report to; and how the role should interact... More
    Closed 28 May 2021
  • Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP): call for evidence

    This Call for Evidence seeks input on actions to modify and enhance the range of support mechanisms currently provided by the Scottish Government through the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) for development and delivery of large-scale low and zero carbon energy infrastructure... More
    Closed 30 April 2021
  • Heat in buildings strategy - achieving net zero emissions: consultation

    This draft Strategy sets out proposed actions for transforming our buildings and the systems that supply their heat, ensuring a transition to zero emissions by 2045. More
    Closed 30 April 2021
  • Criminal law - dealing with dangerous dogs: consultation

    This discussion paper seeks views on steps that might be taken to improve the way in which the criminal law may deal with dog owners where their dogs act in a dangerous way. More
    Closed 30 April 2021
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