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  • Job Grant Consultation

    The Scottish Government is consulting on its key eligibility criteria and format of the Job Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland to support young people moving back into employment. The grant will be paid to 16-24 year olds (up to 26 years old for care leavers)... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Defamation in Scots law

    In December 2017 the Scottish Law Commission (“the Commission”) published their Report on Defamation which aimed to reform Scots law on defamation. This consultation seeks views on some recommendations made by the Commission in the following areas: The statutory threshold test of... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Reducing health harms of foods high in fat, sugar or salt

    Too many of us in Scotland have a poor diet and an unhealthy weight, which can have a negative impact on our health and wellbeing. This is in part because we generally consume too many calories and too much fat, sugar and salt. In seeking to reduce population-level intakes of calories, fat,... More
    Closed 2 months ago
  • Consultation on Scottish Charity Law

    This consultation seeks views on potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland, in light of proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The proposals broadly focus on improvements to charity law that would increase transparency and... More
    Opened 3 months ago
  • The future of civil partnership in Scotland

    The consultation sets out two options for the future of civil partnership in Scotland. The first involves closure of civil partnership to new relationships from a specific date in the future. The second involves making civil partnership available to opposite sex couples. More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Consultation on protective orders for people at risk of domestic abuse

    The consultation seeks views on proposals to create new protective orders that could be used to keep people at risk of domestic abuse safe by banning perpetrators from their homes and on also seeks views on whether changes are needed to the current system of exclusion orders which allow a victim... More
    Opened 3 months ago
  • Good Food Nation Proposals for Legislation

    Scottish Ministers remain committed to the concept and reality of Scotland as a Good Food Nation. A great deal of work is already happening now to make a real and positive difference to the lives of the people of Scotland: helping to improve their access to, and understanding of, the... More
    Opened 3 months ago
  • Transforming Parole in Scotland

    The aim of this consultation is to seek your views on further reforms we are considering making to our justice system to improve the experience of victims in the parole process, increase openness and transparency of the Parole Board for Scotland and ensure the independence of the Parole Board is... More
    Opened 3 months ago
  • A consultation on the Scottish Government's preferred policy position on unconventional oil and gas (UOG), the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report, and partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA)

    The Scottish Government is currently finalising its policy position on the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland. As part of that process we are inviting views on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and partial Business, Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of our... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Policing during miners' strike: independent review

    This is a general call for evidence on the impact of policing on affected communities in Scotland during the period of the miners’ strike from March 1984 to March 1985. Evidence is sought from affected individuals and representative groups. The evidence gathered in this exercise will help... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Consultation on The Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2019

    Section 67 of The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 inserts a new section 26A into the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 in relation to continuing care. Continuing care is defined in new section 26A(4) of the 1995 Act as meaning the same accommodation and other assistance as was being... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Consultation on Young Carer Grant Regulations

    The Scottish Government is consulting on the development of the policy and regulations for the Young Carer Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland. The grant will provide a £300 one-off payment, which can be applied for annually for young carers aged 16-17 (and... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Consultation on the use of narrow trenching in Scotland's roads

    This consultation seeks opinion on a proposed revision to the code which is made under Section 130 of the New Road and Street Works Act 1991(“NRSWA”). The Scottish Government believe a revision to the code is now necessary to take into account the increasing use of narrow trenching as a... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Proposals for reform of the annual canvass

    Following pilots of four different models for conducting the annual canvass of electors in 2016 and 2017 across the UK, we are publishing this joint policy statement setting out detailed proposals for the modernisation of the annual canvass in England, Scotland and Wales and requesting feedback... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Consultation on Licensing of Dog, Cat and Rabbit Breeding Activities in Scotland

    This consultation is seeking views on proposals to introduce new regulations for the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland. This consultation covers the proposals for a modern system of licensing for dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities allowing for independent... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Local Governance Review: Democracy Matters: Your Community. Your ideas. Your Future.

    The way we live our lives is constantly changing; just think of all the changes that have happened in your lifetime. Democracy is changing too. It used to be that most citizens were content to cast their vote and then leave the decisions to others. Increasingly people want to share in... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Improving Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and interventions for victims of domestic abuse

    A multi-agency risk assessment is a regular, local meeting where information about domestic abuse victims at risk of the most serious levels of harm (including murder) is shared between representatives from a range of local agencies to inform a coordinated action plan to increase the safety of the... More
    Opened 4 months ago
  • Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019-29

    Diverse and versatile forests and woodlands are located across Scotland and serve both our rural and urban communities; they are valuable natural assets, providing a range of benefits which support sustainable and inclusive economic growth, sustain livelihoods, enhance our environment and... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • PVG Scheme for Members of Boards of Health Bodies: A Consultation

    We intend to make it a requirement for members of Boards of Health Bodies to be members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. This consultation paper provides information about current policy regarding background checks for Board Members - both executive and non-executive members... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Consultation on draft Noise Action Plans

    The European Noise Directive (END) was adopted in 2004 and requires member states to bring about measures which are intended to avoid, prevent or reduce, on a prioritised area basis, the harmful effects, including annoyance due to the exposure to environmental noise. The Directive was transposed... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Review of Endometrial Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

    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. In October 2014, Endometrial Cancer QPIs were published, and following 3 years of national... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Review of Cervical Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

    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. In October 2014, Cervical Cancer QPIs were published, and following 3 years of national comparative... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Protecting Children: Review of section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937 and section 42 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009

    This consultation seeks views on potential changes to two criminal offences related to the protection of children, namely: the offence of child neglect currently legislated for in section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937; and the offence of sexual abuse of trust... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Consultation on the Strategic Environmental Assessment for 15 proposed Special Protection Areas

    Marine Scotland is committed to a clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse marine and coastal environment that meets the long term needs of people and nature. This includes managing our seas sustainably to protect their rich biological diversity and to ensure that our marine... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Transferring cost of BSE sample taking from Scottish Government to farming industry

    Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) are fatal brain diseases that includes Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle and scrapie in sheep and goats. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has advised that BSE is the only animal TSE that has been shown to be a risk to... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Consultation on draft regulations transferring the Parking and Bus lane Adjudicators for Scotland to the Scottish Tribunals.

    Consultation on draft regulations transferring the Parking and Bus lane Adjudicators for Scotland to the Scottish Tribunals. More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Delivering improved transparency in land ownership in Scotland: Consultation on draft regulations

    Improving transparency of land ownership in Scotland is at the very heart of progressing land reform in Scotland. We are consulting on proposals that will help people and communities to know more about, and engage with, the individuals who control the decision making of land owners and tenants of... More
    Closed 5 months ago
  • Consultation on Draft Statutory Guidance on Funeral Costs

    This consultation seeks views on draft statutory guidance on funeral costs, which the Scottish Government will publish under Section 98 of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016. The draft guidance sets out steps that burial authorities (cemeteries), cremation authorities (crematoriums)... More
    Closed 5 months ago
  • Scottish National Investment Bank

    The establishment of a Scottish National Investment Bank was a key measure announced in the Programme for Government 17-18 on 5 September 2017, with Benny Higgins, CEO of Tesco Bank, appointed by the First Minister to lead work on an Implementation Plan. More
    Closed 5 months ago
  • Consultation on the Investigation of Offences regulations and Code of Practice for Investigations

    The Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 sets out social security offences that may be committed, at sections 71 - 73. These include obtaining social security assistance by deceit and failing (or causing another person to fail) to notify a change of circumstances. Social Security... More
    Closed 5 months ago
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