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  • Proposed Special Protection Areas for Scottish marine birds: Supplementary Consultation on SEA and site classification

    On 14 September 2018 Marine Scotland published an Environmental Report (ER) and associated Network Assessment on proposed Special Protection Areas (pSPAs) for Scottish marine birds. Views were invited on the ER, the approach taken by the Network Assessment and the conclusions which had been... More
    Closed 29 July 2019
  • National Islands Plan and Island Communities Impact Assessments

    This consultation supports the development of the National Islands Plan as set out in Part 2 of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018. We want the National Islands Plan to be a document that builds on what works well on Scottish islands, and addresses the challenges faced by islands and their... More
    Closed 26 July 2019
  • Short-Term Lets: Consultation

    The consultation asks for your views on the regulation of short-term lets in Scotland. There has clearly been a significant growth in short-term lets in a small timescale and the consultation sets out the factual background, describes the issues arising, outlines local authorities current powers... More
    Closed 22 July 2019
  • Strengthening Fire Safety for High Rise Domestic Buildings

    The Scottish Government is gathering information and views on proposed actions to strengthen fire safety for people who live in high rise domestic buildings. We will use the responses to improve and refine the proposed actions on strengthening fire safety in high rise domestic buildings. The... More
    Closed 17 July 2019
  • The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 – Consultation on reviewing the fee for occasional licences and considering a limit on the number and duration of occasional licences

    The alcohol licensing regime is administered by Licensing Boards. The Boards carry out a range of functions including granting and reviewing licences. The regime operates on a cost recovery basis, with Board costs being covered by fees, including licence fees. The purpose of the occasional... More
    Closed 16 July 2019
  • Scottish Sea Fisheries National Discussion Paper

    The Sea Fisheries National Discussion Paper sets out, and seeks your views on, a vision for the future management of Scotland’s marine fisheries, how we will conduct ourselves in the International arena and what our guiding principles shall be. More
    Closed 12 July 2019
  • The future of UK carbon pricing

    The Scottish Government, UK Government, Welsh Government, and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland are jointly seeking views on long term carbon pricing policy following EU Exit. We are consulting on the preferred position of a UK Emissions Trading... More
    Closed 12 July 2019
  • A consultation on a new National Public Health body: 'Public Health Scotland'

    This consultation document invites views on the proposals for a new national public health body in Scotland, to be known as ‘Public Health Scotland’. More
    Closed 8 July 2019
  • Consultation on adding new categories to the definition of a House in Multiple Occupation

    Concerns have been raised with the Scottish Government regarding the accommodation that contract and transient workers reside in when they are required to work away from home. A number of local authorities have highlighted that these workers are often found staying in a range of accommodation... More
    Closed 8 July 2019
  • Forestry and Land Scotland Corporate Plan - Consultation

    The consultation seeks views on the first draft Corporate Plan for Forestry and Land Scotland. More
    Closed 5 July 2019
  • Unconventional Oil and Gas: 2018 Consultation Addendum

    The Scottish Government is taking a cautious, evidence-led approach to considering unconventional oil and gas in Scotland. On 03 October 2017, the Scottish Government set out a preferred position that it does not support onshore unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland. The preferred... More
    Closed 25 June 2019
  • Consultation: Children’s Services Planning: Provision of Statutory Guidance

    The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 set out reforms to the way services for children and young people are designed, delivered and reviewed. As part of the Act, the Scottish Government provided statutory guidance on Part 3, Children’s Services Planning. The duties placed on Local... More
    Closed 17 June 2019
  • The future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings: a call for evidence

    Scotland's transition to a more prosperous, low carbon economy is already well underway. Decarbonising the way we heat our buildings is a fundamental part of this transition and important if we are to achieve our climate change targets and ambition for all Scotland's buildings to be near zero... More
    Closed 17 June 2019
  • Energy Efficient Scotland: Consultation

    This consultation seeks to gather evidence which might support a change to the proposed timeframe to deliver standards for all properties across Scotland. It builds on earlier consultations on energy efficiency and fuel poverty including, amongst others; the Consultation of Scotland's... More
    Closed 17 June 2019
  • Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 – Section 142 – Draft Revised Guidance for Licensing Boards

    Under the terms of Section 142(1) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, Scottish Ministers may issue guidance to Licensing Boards as to the exercise of their functions under the Act, which they must have regard to. The current statutory guidance has recently been reviewed. The Scottish... More
    Closed 11 June 2019
  • Review of Breast 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 Breast Cancer QPIs were first published in January 2012. The QPIs are subject to formal... More
    Closed 7 June 2019
  • Devolved taxes: a policy framework

    The Scottish Government is consulting on a new approach to the planning, management and implementation of the fully devolved taxes in Scotland. More
    Closed 6 June 2019
  • Code of Practice for the exercise of functions by Proper Persons under Chapter 3 of Part 8 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

    The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”) contains a comprehensive package of measures to recover the proceeds of crime. This includes powers to require individuals and organisations to provide information that is of significant value to an investigation, or to search for such information under... More
    Closed 3 June 2019
  • A Consultation on Improving Disability Assistance in Scotland

    This consultation asks questions on whether the policy intent set out in the Scottish approach to Disability Assistance will meet the needs of the children and adults it is intended to help. We would like to gather views to ensure we have identified the best possible approach to delivering this... More
    Closed 28 May 2019
  • NHSScotland 'Once for Scotland' Workforce Policies - Core Policies: Consultation

    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 17 May 2019
  • Changing Places Toilets: Building Standards Consultation

    Changing Places Toilets offer larger, supported facilities that address the needs of people for whom current accessible sanitary accommodation is inadequate. These facilities enable people with complex care needs to take part in everyday activities such as travel, shopping, family days out... More
    Closed 13 May 2019
  • A consultation on fireworks in Scotland: Your experiences, your ideas, your views

    Fireworks are traditionally associated with festivities which celebrate events that are important to different communities across Scotland. Fireworks can bring colour and excitement to the special occasions that are important to us. However, fireworks are potentially dangerous and need to be... More
    Closed 13 May 2019
  • Consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance in Scotland

    The purpose of this consultation paper is to consider how we maintain effective environmental governance following an exit from the European Union. It seeks views on: Maintaining the role of environmental principles in developing future Scottish environmental policy and... More
    Closed 11 May 2019
  • Consultation on the Law of Succession 2019

    The paper focuses on intestacy. The key area is how an estate should be split where there are both a surviving spouse/civil partner and children. The paper seeks views on a fresh approach to reform of the law of intestacy with reference to regimes which operate elsewhere. The paper also... More
    Closed 10 May 2019
  • Equally Safe: A consultation on legislation to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault

    This consultation explored how legislation might improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault. It addressed recommendations made by the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMICS) to strengthen the delivery of healthcare and forensic medical services and... More
    Closed 8 May 2019
  • Rural Assets Strategy Consultation

    Crown Estate Scotland is a public corporation. We manage and innovate with land and property – seabed, coastline, rural estates and more – to deliver wider value. Collectively, the assets are referred to as the Scottish Crown Estate. We help families, businesses & communities to live,... More
    Closed 26 April 2019
  • Animal Health & Welfare Act Amendment Consultation 2019

    Seeking views on proposals to strengthen the enforcement of animal welfare legislation by; increasing the maximum available penalties for certain animal cruelty offences (including offences involving attacks on service animals); enabling secondary legislation to be made that will... More
    Closed 26 April 2019
  • A consultation on local connection and intentionality provisions in homelessness legislation

    This Scottish Government consultation paper invites your views on implementing the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) recommendation to commence the Local Connection and Intentionality provisions in the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003. The HARSAG also recommended narrowing... More
    Closed 25 April 2019
  • Proposals for Changes to Protected Trust Deeds

    The Scottish Government has a range of statutory debt solutions to help those dealing with debt - bankruptcy, protected trust deeds (PTDs) and the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS). The consultation seeks views on proposals to help address some concerns identified with the operation of PTDs.... More
    Closed 19 April 2019
  • 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
    Closed 18 April 2019
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