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  • Ending conversion practices in Scotland: consultation

    In the 2022-2023 Programme for Government (PfG), the Scottish Government reaffirmed its commitment to introduce a Bill on ending conversion practices in Scotland, including both sexual orientation and gender identity. The UK Government committed in its 2018 LGBT Action Plan to end the practice of conversion therapy and published a consultation in October 2021. However, a Bill has not been included in the UK Government’s legislative programme 2023-2024. The Expert Advisory... More
    Closed 2 April 2024
  • Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018: proposed amendments

    The Environmental Authorisation (Scotland) Regulations 2018 amendment will bring together all the permissioning arrangements for Scottish Environment Protection Agency's (SEPA’s) four main regulatory regimes (water, waste, radioactive substances and Pollution Prevention and Control) into an integrated structure and under a single standardised procedure. These authorisations are an integral tool in SEPA’s approach to controlling and minimising the impact of certain activities on... More
    Closed 31 March 2024
  • Guidance on inclusive design for town centres and busy streets

    When the design of town centres and busy street environments does not fully take into account the needs of all members of the community, people may become excluded from these areas and the essential functions that they provide. Potential barriers to access should be removed and not included in any scheme. This national guidance has been developed to support the design of town centres and busy streets that are inclusive. It is based on the premise that if the area is designed... More
    Closed 29 March 2024
  • Managing deer for climate and nature: consultation

    Achieving sustainable deer populations is fundamental to our ability to meet our climate and biodiversity goals. Herbivores, including deer, have an impact on our natural environment through trampling young habitats, overgrazing and preventing new trees from growing but it is important to understand that the impact is not simply through new damage to habitats, but that decades of herbivore impact is preventing nature recovery across some of the most nature depleted areas of Scotland. ... More
    Closed 29 March 2024
  • Scotland's draft Circular Economy and Waste Route Map to 2030 - consultation

    Through this consultation we set out our proposals for the Circular Economy and Waste Route Map to 2030, our strategic plan to deliver Scotland’s sustainable resource and circular economy ambitions to 2030. It is designed to drive progress on three key fronts: Setting the strategic direction and laying foundations for how we will deliver our system-wide, comprehensive vision for Scotland’s circular economy from now to 2030 – based on Responsible... More
    Closed 15 March 2024
  • Use of remote technology in school admission and exclusion appeal hearings: Consultation

    Background Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, education authorities and education appeal committees faced significant challenges in meeting the statutory requirements of the legislation that apply to school admission and exclusion appeal hearings. In response to their concerns amended regulations provided education authorities and appeal committees with greater flexibility, to enable appeal hearings to continue to be heard in a timely way. This included amending the timescales and... More
    Closed 12 March 2024
  • Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS3)

    The Clyde & Hebrides Ferry Services play a crucial role in our transport system, providing vital links for residents, businesses, and tourists across the west coast of Scotland. We are currently developing the new Clyde & Hebrides Ferry Services contract (CHFS3) and would welcome the views of communities and service users on their expectations for the service. To date our focus for the new CHFS3 contract has been to review and reflect on the existing feedback from our... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • Draft Environmental Protection (Single-use Vapes) (Scotland) Regulations 2024

    We are proposing to introduce a prohibition on the sale and supply of single-use vapes in Scotland. We have previously gathered views on our approach to this legislation through the consultation on Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping which ran from Oct-Dec 2023. The government response to this consultation can be found online. The next stage of the process is to make the draft regulations available for public comment. We would therefore... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • Proposals for a Heat in Buildings Bill: Consultation

    Like many other countries, Scotland has a legal target to reach ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions. The way we heat our homes, workplaces and other buildings is the third-largest cause of greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland. There is no way to meet our legal obligation to reach ‘net zero’ without changing the heating systems in the vast majority of our buildings. The purpose of this consultation is to make you aware of our proposal to make new laws around the heating... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • NHSScotland 'Once for Scotland' Workforce Policies

    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, exemplar employer; showcasing our core values, and promoting consistent employment policy and practice that supports the implementation of the Staff Governance Standard and effective recruitment and... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • Social Housing Net Zero Standard in Scotland

    This consultation seeks views on a new Social Housing Net Zero Standard (SHNZS) in Scotland. This new standard will replace the second Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH2). The Scottish Government wants all of our homes to be warmer, greener and more efficient, and is committed to ensuring that everyone in Scotland, no matter their financial situation, has access to good quality housing that they can afford to heat. The social housing sector has led the... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • Cancer Care: Thyroid Cancer Quality Performance Indicators - Consultation

    We welcome your views on the Draft Thyroid Cancer Quality Performance Indicator Engagement Document . Please refer to this document for full details of each QPI. Please provide comments whether they be on all individual Quality Performance Indicators or only those relevant to you. In particular we are looking for comments on: the appropriateness of the QPIs that have been developed the target levels that have... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • Independent Review of Community Learning and Development: Call for Evidence - Practitioners

    Community Learning & Development (CLD) is a field of professional practice that enables people to identify their own individual and collective goals, to engage in learning and take action to bring about change for themselves and their communities. It uses a range of formal and informal methods of learning and social development with individuals and groups in their communities. With a focus on removing barriers to learning for the most marginalised people within society,... More
    Closed 3 March 2024
  • Independent review of community learning and development: Call for evidence - Learner and Potential Learner

    Community Learning and Development (CLD) is learning that takes place in a community setting. This means that it might take place in a community centre, college, library, or other community facility. Some CLD might also take place in a school building such as a community wing, or in booked rooms or spaces. Examples of CLD learning opportunities might include classes to improve reading and writing, using numbers, or a computer; or participate in Youth Work activities,... More
    Closed 3 March 2024
  • Democracy Matters

    Somebody, somewhere is making decisions on your behalf. Democracy Matters conversations have already started to explore whether far more of these decisions could be made by communities themselves. This is a key and connected part of the wider Local Governance Review which is looking across all of Scotland’s vital public services to consider how power and resources should be shared between national and local government. Read the full discussion document Read the easy... More
    Closed 28 February 2024
  • Water, wastewater and drainage policy consultation

    This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Government’s proposed principles and considerations in developing policy for the future of the water industry in Scotland in response to the climate emergency. Climate induced events both at home and around the world this summer and autumn are a stark reminder that we are in the middle of a climate crisis – it is not in the future or somewhere on the horizon, it’s happening now. We are seeing extremes in temperatures... More
    Closed 21 February 2024
  • Cancer Care: Review of Brain/CNS Cancer Quality Performance Indicators - consultation

    We welcome your views on the Draft Revised Brain and Central Nervous System Cancer Quality Performance Indicator (QPI) Engagement Document. Please refer to this document for full details of each Quality Improvement Indicator. Please provide comments whether they be on all individual Quality Performance Indicators or only those relevant to you. In particular we are looking for comments on: The appropriateness of the QPIs that... More
    Closed 19 February 2024
  • Consultation on devolving powers for a Scottish Building Safety Levy

    The Scottish Government announced in its 2023-24 Programme for Government that it was seeking the transfer of powers from the UK Government to create an equivalent tax to the UK Government’s Building Safety Levy. This consultation, launched jointly by the UK Government and Scottish Government, invites views and evidence in relation to the proposal to devolve the requisite powers to the Scottish Parliament. More
    Closed 19 February 2024
  • Wellbeing and Sustainable Development (Scotland) Bill

    The Scottish Government is gathering views to help inform the scope of any legislation for a proposed Wellbeing and Sustainable Development Bill. The Bill aims to further improve decision making and the implementation of the National Performance Framework to ensure that all policy and delivery is focused on increasing the wellbeing of people living in Scotland, both now and in the future. This consultation also explores scope for further improving accountability and scrutiny of... More
    Closed 14 February 2024
  • Consultation on permanency of certain criminal justice measures from the Coronavirus Recovery and Reform (Scotland) Act 2022 and modernising criminal justice procedures through digital processes

    Our Vision for Justice , published in February 2022, and the associated Three Year Delivery Plan , published in November 2023 sets out the Scottish Government’s transformative vision to deliver a just, safe resilient country. Delivering the vision requires fundamental change to the operation of our justice services, ensuring that our processes and laws meet the needs of people now and in the future. This consultation is a key part of a far-reaching programme of work... More
    Closed 12 February 2024
  • Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD): Consultation on phase 6 of the eradication scheme

    Since 2010, Scotland’s industry led Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) eradication scheme has reduced the number of Scottish cattle breeding herds with BVD cases from 40% to 9%. We want to hear your views on our proposals for the next phase of the eradication scheme. Your answers will help to shape the next phase of the scheme and will help bring Scotland closer to BVD eradication. BVD is one of the most important cattle diseases for economics, productivity and welfare. Eradicating BVD... More
    Closed 7 February 2024
  • Care Leaver Payment: Consultation on policy proposals

    The Scottish Government is committed to Keeping The Promise to all children and young people. This includes ensuring that all children and young people with care experience are provided with person-centred support to assist positive transitions from care to adulthood and more independent living. Many young people with care experience do not have the same informal support network that other young people have during transition points in their lives. It is proposed that the Care Leaver... More
    Closed 26 January 2024
  • National specification for the care and treatment of eating disorders in Scotland

    We want to hear your views on the draft National Specification for the Care and Treatment of Eating Disorders in Scotland. People are invited to share their experiences of the eating disorder care and treatment they have received. However, we understand that sometimes it can be hard to talk or write about these experiences, whether your own or someone else’s. It is up to you to decide what questions you want to answer during the consultation. There is no need to... More
    Closed 26 January 2024
  • Marketing of Organic Heterogeneous Material: consultation

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views from individuals and companies including Professional Operators (seed merchants, seed processors, seed packers), Licensed Crop Inspectors, Licensed Seed Samplers, Licensed Seed Testing Stations (LSTS), farmers and interested members of the public on the Scottish Government's proposal to: Introduce secondary legislation that will permit and regulate the production and marketing of plant reproductive material of an organic and... More
    Closed 23 January 2024
  • Building standards enforcement and sanctions: consultation

    In Scotland, a Ministerial Working Group was set up following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017, to review building and fire safety regulatory frameworks. The Group commissioned two reviews of building standards; one to cover compliance and enforcement and the other fire safety. The Review Panel on Building Standards Compliance and Enforcement identified the need for improving aspects of the building standards system (covering procedural compliance, built compliance and enforcement... More
    Closed 22 January 2024
  • Mental Health Moratorium Consultation

    The Scottish Government committed to a policy review of Scotland’s statutory debt solutions with the aim of further enhancing and improving our system. Part of this review was undertaken by stakeholder-led working groups which recommended the introduction of a Mental Health Moratorium in Scotland. They recognised the benefits in establishing a specific tool which ensures people struggling with mental health and finances have access to breathing space and respite. ... More
    Closed 22 January 2024
  • Pension Age Winter Heating Payment

    The Scottish Government has committed to replacing Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) with Pension Age Winter Heating Payment (PAWHP) on a like-for-like basis. Given the significant number of clients who will be transferred to Social Security Scotland with this benefit and the need to ensure a safe and secure transition, the focus of this consultation is around gathering evidence on people’s views of the current benefit and considering how we could improve the system already in place. ... More
    Closed 15 January 2024
  • Amendments to Scottish Road Works Regulations 2024

    Minor amendments are needed within the Road Works (Qualifications of Operative and Supervisors (Scotland) Regulations 2017 and a replacement Stautory Instrument is required to replace the Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2022. This consultation seeks views on both proposed changes. Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations: The proposal is to revoke the 2022 Regulations, and create new Regulations to account for the running costs of ... More
    Closed 15 January 2024
  • Fish stocks: allocation of additional quota

    Scotland’s sea fish quotas are a national asset, and this consultation seeks your views on how the Scottish Government should allocate a portion of this national asset – what is termed Additional Quota (“AQ”). Scotland has AQ following the implementation of the Trade & Co-Operation agreement (TCA) between the UK and the EU after the UK left the EU on 1 January 2021. The Scottish Government’s Future of Fisheries Management (FFM) body of work , sets out an intention to... More
    Closed 11 January 2024
  • Scottish Social Services Council – proposed register changes

    The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is a Non-Departmental Public Body, set up under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 , with statutory public protection functions to regulate social service workers and to promote their education and training. They protect the public by registering over 160,000 social work, social care and early years workers (as of April 2023); setting standards for their practice, conduct, training and education and by supporting their... More
    Closed 2 January 2024
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