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  • Out of School Care in Scotland - a draft framework for consultation

    Our draft framework on Out of School Care sets out what we know about the out of school care sector in Scotland and asks questions about what the Scottish Government can do to support families in accessing high quality, flexible and affordable services which benefit children and parents and... More
    Closed 6 December 2019
  • Scottish Government's Local Energy Policy Statement - Consultation

    The Scottish Energy Strategy, published in December 2017, included the development of “innovative local energy systems” as one of six strategic priorities. To support that aim, a commitment was made to develop a Local Energy Position Paper, which would set out a series of key principles... More
    Closed 4 December 2019
  • The role of Public Sector Bodies in tackling climate change: A Consultation

    This consultation is focussed on the role of public sector bodies in ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change, how the Public Sector Climate Change Reporting Duties should be revised to support that, and how Scottish Government and the wider public sector can work together to make a... More
    Closed 4 December 2019
  • Freedom of Information extension of coverage

    This consultation will help the Scottish Government to understand whether there is a need to extend the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to further entities by making an order under section 5 of the Act. It focuses on organisations that provide services on behalf of the public sector... More
    Closed 3 December 2019
  • Consultation on The Principles of a Local Discretionary Transient Visitor Levy or Tourist Tax

    This consultation seeks to develop government understanding of the issues and concerns with regard to the introduction of a Transient Visitor Levy and help inform the development of legislation to enable local authorities to apply a visitor levy. In particular, the... More
    Closed 2 December 2019
  • A consultation on how Official Statistics present information on recorded crime and related topics

    The Scottish Crime Recording Board would like to consult users on how the National Statistics on police recorded crime are presented. Scottish Government statisticians produce a National Statistics bulletin once a year on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland. ... More
    Closed 30 November 2019
  • Consultation on widening the scope of the current victim statement scheme

    In Scotland, victims of the most serious crimes may be eligible to make a victim statement . This is a written statement that gives a victim the chance to tell the court – in their own words – how a crime has affected them physically, emotionally and financially. In reaching their sentencing... More
    Closed 29 November 2019
  • Proposal to designate two Historic Marine Protected Areas

    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. Earlier this year Historic Environment Scotland undertook a consultation on these proposals and have... More
    Closed 27 November 2019
  • Financial Redress for Historical Child Abuse in Care - Pre-Legislative Consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the detailed design of a statutory financial redress scheme in Scotland, scheme administration issues, and views on financial redress as part of a package of wider reparations for survivors of historical child abuse in care. More
    Closed 25 November 2019
  • Scottish Crown Estate: Strategic Management Plan

    The Strategic Management Plan has been developed for the Scottish Crown Estate which includes a set of property, rights and other interests (or assets) that are owned by the Crown. These assets include: 37,000 hectares of rural land with agricultural tenancies, residential and commercial... More
    Closed 22 November 2019
  • Consultation on Judicial Factors

    The Report on Judicial Factors (Scot Law Com, No. 233, 2013) including a draft Bill was published by the Scottish Law Commission (“the Commission”) The main aim of the Bill is to update, simplify and clarify the law relating to judicial factors so that it is fit for purpose and will be of... More
    Closed 20 November 2019
  • Independent Child Trafficking Guardians

    This consultation is seeking views on the appointment, role and responsibilities of Independent Child Trafficking Guardians and other wider operational details. More
    Closed 17 November 2019
  • A Consultation on Information sharing agreements between NHS Scotland boards and Police Scotland

    The aim of the national information sharing agreement is to provide clarity and consistency to NHS Scotland Boards on how and what information in relation to victims of rape and sexual assualt is shared between the NHS boards and Police Scotland. The information sharing agreement also aims to... More
    Closed 30 October 2019
  • A Consultation on Scotland's National Transport Strategy

    The consultation is on the new draft National Transport Strategy (NTS) for Scotland, which aims to set out a compelling vision for the future of transport for the next twenty years. More
    Closed 23 October 2019
  • Practical Fire Safety Guidance for existing Specialised Housing and other supported domestic accommodation

    What is this consultation about? The Scottish Government is gathering views on draft Fire Safety Guidance for Specialised Housing (and other supported domestic accommodation). We will use the responses to further develop and refine the guidance. The Guidance has been drafted to... More
    Closed 22 October 2019
  • Social security advocacy service standards

    Section 10 of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 requires Scottish Ministers to ensure that independent advocacy services are available to support disabled people who because of their disability, need an advocacy worker’s help to make a claim to Social Security Scotland. In this... More
    Closed 7 October 2019
  • Review of Strategic Police Priorities: Consultation

    The Strategic Police Priorities (SPPs) relate to the direction for policing in Scotland, and the carrying out of the Scottish Police Authority’s functions. They are set by Scottish Ministers, and fit within a broader planning framework for the police service in Scotland. The SPPs were last set... More
    Closed 4 October 2019
  • Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy for Scotland, 2019-2024

    The Scottish Government aims to help people sustain and improve their health, independence and wellbeing. This Strategy will provide an opportunity to present an achievable vision of a joined up, whole system approach to falls and fracture prevention and management which will help to deliver on... More
    Closed 30 September 2019
  • Funeral Director: Code of Practice Consultation

    This is a consultation on a statutory Funeral Director: Code of Practice. Funeral directors will be inspected against this Code once it comes into force and will be legally obliged to meet its requirements. The Code was developed with input from a funeral director industry working group... More
    Closed 20 September 2019
  • Consultation on the Right to Buy Land to Further Sustainable Development

    A consultation on regulations to bring into force Part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, the right to buy land to further sustainable development. More
    Closed 19 September 2019
  • Legal Aid Reform in Scotland: Consultation

    Three overarching foundations of reform have been identified, namely that legal aid: i) has the user voice at its centre; ii) has flexibility to address and adapt to user need; and iii) should be regarded as a public service. Views are firstly invited on these foundations for change,... More
    Closed 19 September 2019
  • The Stone of Destiny

    The following material is being published by the Scottish Government on behalf of the Commissioners for the Safeguarding of the Regalia The Commissioners for the Safeguarding of the Regalia are seeking views on factors relevant to the future location of the Stone of Destiny. ... More
    Closed 19 September 2019
  • The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019

    In 2017 we consulted on proposals to improve the energy efficiency and condition standards of privately rented housing in Scotland. Informed by this consultation, the Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map confirmed our intention to bring forward regulations based on Energy Performance Certificates... More
    Closed 13 September 2019
  • Consultation on section 38 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015: Duty to notify and provide information about victims

    The only available data on the numbers of trafficking victims in Scotland are taken from the UK National Referral Mechanism (NRM). The NRM is a framework for identifying potential victims of trafficking and ensuring they receive appropriate support and assistance. It was introduced in 2009 to... More
    Closed 6 September 2019
  • Handling of waste: amendment to legislation: consultation

    The version of section 57 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990) that applies in Scotland enables Scottish Ministers to, by notice in writing, direct the holder of any waste management licence to accept and keep, or accept and treat or dispose of, controlled waste at specified... More
    Closed 2 September 2019
  • A consultation on proposals to designate four Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters

    The Scottish Government's vision is for a marine environment that is clean, healthy, safe, productive and diverse seas; managed to meet the long term needs of nature and people. Scotland’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) network is being developed to help safeguard our most important natural... More
    Closed 30 August 2019
  • Children’s Rights: Consultation on incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into our domestic law in Scotland

    In line with the Programme for Government 2018-19 commitment, this consultation looks at how a new Act could incorporate the UNCRC into the law of Scotland. More
    Closed 28 August 2019
  • Debt Arrangement Scheme: Returning Funds to the Free Advice Sector

    Accountant in Bankruptcy's (AiB's) 2018 'Building a better Debt Arrangement Scheme' consultation contained proposals to improve the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS). The changes include proposals that all debt payment programmes under the scheme will pay the same flat rate fee, and that AiB should be... More
    Closed 20 August 2019
  • Consultation on the Enhanced Heating Regimes within the new definition of Fuel Poverty

    The Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill was passed by Parliament on 11 June 2019 and is currently awaiting Royal Assent. The underlying data on households used in the calculation of fuel poverty rates is drawn from the annual Scottish House Conditions Survey... More
    Closed 16 August 2019
  • Wildlife crime penalties

    This consultation is seeking views on strengthening wild animal welfare legislation by increasing the maximum penalties available for certain wildlife cruelty offences. More
    Closed 16 August 2019
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