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  • Restricting promotions of food and drink high in fat, sugar or salt – Consultation on the detail of proposed regulations

    Improving diet and levels of healthy weight remains a public health priority for this Government. As part of a range of action to improve diet, and help create a food environment which better supports healthier choices, we remain committed to restricting promotions of food and drink high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS) at the point of purchase. This consultation seeks views on the detail of proposed regulations to restrict the promotions of HFSS foods where they are sold to the... More
    Closes 21 May 2024
  • Development plan amendment regulations: consultation

    We want to hear your views on our proposed approach to regulations on the processes for amending the National Planning Framework (NPF) and Local Development Plans (LDPs). This is part of our wider work on planning reform and implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 (the 2019 Act), which made changes to the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (the 1997 Act). Regulations, also known as secondary legislation, are necessary to provide additional detail to the... More
    Closes 22 May 2024
  • Masterplan consent area regulations: consultation

    This consultation relates to proposed regulations on the procedures to prepare Masterplan Consent Areas (MCAs). The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 introduced MCAs, which will have expanded powers building upon Simplified Planning Zones. They will allow planning authorities to take a place leadership role, by proactively consenting the type and quality of development they wish to see in their places. Planning authorities will be able to prepare a MCA... More
    Closes 22 May 2024
  • Meeting our '30 by 30' biodiversity commitment on terrestrial and freshwater sites: consultation on legislative proposals

    The Global Climate Emergency and the Nature Emergency are twin reinforcing crises: the actions we take to address each are fundamental to our wellbeing and survival as a species. There is now an indisputable body of evidence that biodiversity, both globally and in Scotland, is in real trouble. Our efforts to address the crisis to date have generated some lessons and local successes but we urgently need to accelerate and scale up those efforts to drive landscape and seascape scale recovery.... More
    Closes 24 May 2024
  • Disclosure Scotland fees: discounting, waivers and accredited bodies consultation

    In this consultation, we are seeking views to enable us to consider fee discounts for certain groups applying for Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme membership disclosures and views on the fees applied to organisations acting as accredited bodies. Disclosure Scotland’s fees and fee structure have not changed since 2011. This is the longest period fees for disclosure products in Scotland have been frozen. The Public Sector Finance Manual sets out that fees should be set at full... More
    Closes 28 May 2024
  • Investing in Planning: a consultation on resourcing Scotland’s planning system

    The consultation recognises that there are no simple answers to the challenge of resourcing planning. We live in financially constrained times and even if money was to be found, there is a complex set of circumstances to address. The consultation explores a range of solutions to support resourcing of the planning system. It sets out options which have the potential to improve the capacity of the Scottish planning system, in particular in planning authorities, in the coming... More
    Closes 31 May 2024
  • Developing a natural capital market framework: survey

    Natural capital is our geology, soil, air, water, plants and animals. We depend on our natural capital for goods and services that make our lives possible and worthwhile. Public and private investment will be needed to restore and improve our natural capital. We are committed to ensuring that this investment is responsible; that it contributes to a just transition, benefits communities and achieves robust environmental outcomes. Our forthcoming Natural Capital... More
    Closes 3 June 2024
  • Scottish Court Fees 2024-2025

    The Scottish Government, in consultation with the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS), usually undertakes a review of the court fees raised in the majority of Scotland’s courts every 3 years and, as a result, new court fees are set for the following 3 years. The courts involved in such reviews are: the High Court of Justiciary the Court of Session the Sheriff Appeal Court the Sheriff Court including the Sheriff Personal Injury Court the Justice of... More
    Closes 10 June 2024
  • Draft Bioenergy Policy Statement: Consultation

    Bioenergy is already a key component of our energy system and contributes to a more circular economy, by turning wastes into valuable resources which can be used for electricity and heat production or to displace fossil fuels in our gas network and transport systems. With the impacts of climate change becoming ever more acute, it is essential that we meet our ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2045. The Scottish Government's draft... More
    Closes 12 June 2024
  • Consultation on a proposal to phase out the use of cages in Scotland’s laying hen sector

    The Scottish Government is committed to improving the welfare of laying hens by addressing the issue of confinement, so that birds have the freedoms to exhibit their normal behaviours. The 2021 and 2023 Programmes for Government made several animal welfare commitments, including to consult stakeholders on phasing out the use of cages for laying hens and gamebirds. This drive to ban cages reflects a demand from society to move to more ethical production systems. The... More
    Closes 25 June 2024
  • Consultation on next steps on delivery of Employment Injury Assistance

    Since April 2020, the Scottish Government has been responsible for the Industrial Injuries Scheme in Scotland. This Scheme, which provides financial support to those who have become disabled or have developed a long-term health condition as a result of their employment, is currently delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) under an agency agreement. That agreement, which currently runs to the end of March 2026, ensures people continue to receive the payments they are entitled... More
    Closes 25 June 2024
  • Consultation on cattle identification and traceability in Scotland

    The Scottish Government is seeking views on changes to cattle identification and traceability regime within Scotland. Introduction of Bovine electronic identification (EID) has been a longstanding industry request. It is seen by many in the farming sector as an opportunity to modernise and improve on efficiencies whilst supporting competitiveness within the supply chain. Use of technology can also provide additional health and safety benefits in being able to read cattle at a... More
    Closes 27 June 2024
  • A consultation on time limits for enforcement action for unauthorised Environmental Impact Assessment development

    The Scottish Government is inviting comments on proposals to disapply Section 124 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (‘the 1997 Act’) concerning the time limits for taking enforcement action on unauthorised development which requires an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This consultation follows a case of unauthorised development in Northern Ireland for which an EIA was required, but not undertaken. The need for EIA was only identified after the... More
    Closes 11 July 2024
  • Call for evidence: phasing out the use of cages in the gamebird and quail sectors

    The Scottish Government is committed to improving animal welfare and announced a Programme for Government Commitment for 2023/2024 to consult on the phasing out of cages for gamebirds. Before consulting more widely on specific proposals, the Scottish Government seeks to expand its understanding of the gamebird industry and has taken the opportunity to include quail egg and meat production in Scotland, especially the extent to which cages are used for housing egg-laying... More
    Closes 12 July 2024
  • Review of charity regulation

    We have launched this consultation because in the past people told us that they think there should be a review of charity regulation. We want to understand if people still feel that way and if so, what you think should be the purpose and parameters for a review. In 2019 we ran a consultation about proposals the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) had made on improvements to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 . In response to that consultation some people told us... More
    Closes 22 July 2024
  • EURO 2028: Commercial Rights Protection

    The Union of European Football Associations' (UEFA) European Championship, also referred to as ‘EURO’, is a four yearly tournament. It is held between UEFA’s national member football associations . It is one of the most prestigious international men’s football tournaments. Scotland will co-host EURO 2028 as part of a joint UK and Ireland Championship. The event is expected to take place in Summer 2028 and last around four weeks. We are working closely with UK Government,... More
    Closes 26 July 2024
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