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  • Resource Spending Review Framework

    On 9 December 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy launched the Scottish Government’s first multi-year Resource Spending Review since 2011 . The aim of this Resource Spending Review is to set out spending plans for the remainder of the parliamentary term... More
    Closed 27 March 2022
  • An updated marine litter strategy for Scotland

    This consultation is one of the final stages in the process of updating the Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland. A large amount of work has already been undertaken with guidance from the Marine Litter Strategy Steering Group. Membership of the Marine Litter Strategy Steering Group includes... More
    Closed 22 March 2022
  • Future pandemic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies in Scotland

    The Covid-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Scotland. In response, the Scottish Government worked with partners to quickly establish new supply chains and put in place cross public sector collaboration with the NHS on PPE supply... More
    Closed 22 March 2022
  • Non-domestic rates: decapitalisation rates for the 2023 revaluation

    The next revaluation of non-domestic property in Scotland is due to take effect from 1 April 2023 based on rental values as at 1 April 2022 (the 'tone date'). At revaluation Scottish Assessors review rateable values resulting in a new valuation roll for all non-domestic properties in Scotland.... More
    Closed 13 March 2022
  • The Land and Buildings Transaction Tax - Additional Dwelling Supplement: A call for evidence and views

    The Scottish Government seeks evidence and views on the operation of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) Additional Dwelling Supplement (ADS) . The Scottish Government committed to a review of the ADS in the 2021-22 Programme for Government. This call for evidence ... More
    Closed 11 March 2022
  • Scotland's pavement parking prohibitions: pre-implementation directions and regulations for local authorities

    The Scottish Government has been working to improve parking legislation in Scotland in order to tackle the impact of inconsiderate and obstructive parking and ensure that our roads and pavements are accessible for all. As part of this work, The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 bans pavement... More
    Closed 11 March 2022
  • The not proven verdict and related reforms

    This consultation seeks views on the three verdict system in Scottish criminal trials and, if the not proven verdict were to be abolished, whether any accompanying reforms would be necessary to other aspects of the Scottish criminal justice system including jury size, majority required for... More
    Closed 11 March 2022
  • Scottish court fees 2022-2025

    This consultation seeks views on a proposal to increase court fees by 2% on 1 April 2022, and on 1 April 2023 and 2024. This increase is in line with expected inflation. The consultation also seeks views on minor changes to exemptions from court fees and also some technical changes to the fees... More
    Closed 4 March 2022
  • Consumer Scotland draft workplan for energy, post and water 2022-23: Consultation

    Consumer Scotland will be the official, independent and expert voice of the consumer in Scotland. The Consumer Scotland Act 2020 gave it the general function of providing consumer advocacy and advice with a view to: reducing harm to consumers increasing... More
    Closed 4 March 2022
  • Draft framework for pain management service delivery

    The Scottish Government are committed to improving care for people with chronic pain. In support of this, we made a number of commitments in our Programme for Government, including the development of a new Framework for Pain Management Service Delivery. This draft Framework sets out a vision... More
    Closed 28 February 2022
  • Regulation of energy efficiency in existing non-domestic buildings: call for evidence

    The Heat in Buildings Strategy confirms that the Scottish Government will develop a new regulatory framework for zero emissions heating and energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings by 2025. The framework will build on the Scottish Government’s existing commitments to... More
    Closed 25 February 2022
  • Winter heating benefits: low income winter heating assistance

    The Scottish Government has now committed to replacing the UK Government’s Cold Weather Payment (CWP) of £25 for every 7 day period of very cold weather, with a new £50 winter heating payment paid annually to those low-income households currently eligible for the CWP. This will be an... More
    Closed 25 February 2022
  • Incineration in the waste hierarchy review: call for evidence

    Read the consultation paper Section 1: Overview The Scottish Government has committed to reviewing the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy in Scotland, to ensure that how residual waste is managed in Scotland aligns with Scotland’s carbon reduction ambitions. On... More
    Closed 21 February 2022
  • Wellbeing and living with COVID protection measures

    During the coronavirus pandemic, various protective measures and regulations have been introduced to limit the spread of the virus. These measures have changed the way we connect, shop, travel and work. People across Scotland have been doing their best to follow these measures to keep... More
    Closed 13 February 2022
  • Building regulations - compliance and enforcements: consultation

    Building Standards Division (BSD), is developing a national Compliance Plan approach to provide greater assurance that compliance with building regulations is achieved from design to completion. This consultation seeks to obtain the views on the development of a new Compliance Plan... More
    Closed 9 February 2022
  • Guiding principles on the environment: draft statutory guidance

    The UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 (“the Continuity Act”) introduces new duties on Ministers and other public authorities to have due regard to five guiding principles on the environment. The guiding principles sit alongside Scotland’s... More
    Closed 8 February 2022
  • National Public Energy Agency: call for evidence

    The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 set legally binding targets for Scotland to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, with interim targets requiring a 75% reduction by 2030, and 90% by 2040. To achieve this requires transformational change in... More
    Closed 8 February 2022
  • Cancer Care: Review of Bladder Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

    We welcome your views on the Draft Revised Bladder Cancer Quality Performance Indicator Engagement Document. Please provide comments whether they be on all individual Quality Performance Indicators or only those relevant to you. In particular we are... More
    Closed 8 February 2022
  • Bail and release from custody arrangements in Scotland

    We want to reassess what role prisons and the use of imprisonment should play in a just and fair society. We have the opportunity to take a transformative approach to the way some parts of the justice system operates in Scotland, delivering better outcomes for all. This includes a focus on the... More
    Closed 7 February 2022
  • Assessment of Wellbeing (GIRFEC)

    This is a consultation on statutory guidance in line with Section 96(3) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (the Act), which states that Scottish Ministers must issue guidance on how the eight wellbeing indicators are to be used to assess the wellbeing of a child or young person.... More
    Closed 4 February 2022
  • Onshore Wind Policy Statement

    Onshore wind is a proven cheap and reliable source of electricity generation and Scotland’s resource and commitment have seen us lead the way in onshore wind deployment and support across the UK. It is clear that onshore wind will be vital in our progress towards Scotland's legally-binding... More
    Closed 31 January 2022
  • Review of the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement

    In September 2017, the Scottish Government published the first Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement (the Statement). This set out the principles for land rights and responsibilities in Scotland and was the first of its kind in the world. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016... More
    Closed 28 January 2022
  • Draft Hydrogen Action Plan

    On 10 November 2021, the Scottish Government published a draft Hydrogen Action Plan that articulates the actions that will be taken over the next five years to support the development of the hydrogen economy in Scotland which will further our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from... More
    Closed 26 January 2022
  • Offensive Weapons Act 2019 Scottish statutory guidance

    This statutory guidance is published in draft by the Scottish Government and relates to certain provisions contained within the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 (“the 2019 Act”) that extend to Scotland. This draft guidance covers provisions in the 2019 Act that extend only to Scotland and... More
    Closed 25 January 2022
  • Ending the need for food banks: a draft national plan

    The draft national plan sets out what the Scottish Government are currently doing and what more we intend to do, alongside others, to end the need for food banks as a primary response to food insecurity. The consultation questions will help us to identify further practical action that can be... More
    Closed 25 January 2022
  • Aviation strategy

    This consultation seeks your views on how to realise our vision for aviation: "For Scotland to have national and international connectivity that allows us to enjoy all the economic and social benefits of air travel while reducing our environmental impact." It covers the transition to low... More
    Closed 21 January 2022
  • Tied pubs: draft Scottish Pubs Code - Part 1

    This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Government's proposals on the Scottish Pubs Code for tied pubs. It covers proposals on Market Rent Only leases and guest beer agreements. On 23 March 2021, the Scottish Parliament unanimously passed the Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill... More
    Closed 17 January 2022
  • Suicide Prevention Strategy Development Questionnaire

    Scottish Government and the Convention for Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) have committed to jointly develop a new suicide prevention strategy for Scotland This will use the available evidence and intelligence to build on the work which has already been undertaken across Scotland to... More
    Closed 7 January 2022
  • Scotland's National Transport Strategy Impact Assessments

    Scotland’s National Transport Strategy 2 (NTS2) sets out the vision for Scotland’s transport system to the year 2040. The NTS2 outlines the four priorities for our transport system: Reduces inequalities Takes climate action ... More
    Closed 5 January 2022
  • Scottish Landfill Tax: further clarity and certainty

    The Scottish Government is committed to providing clarity and certainty to taxpayers and their customers regarding the application of Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT), reflecting the Scottish approach to taxation and to ensure a level playing field across the waste and recycling industry. ... More
    Closed 31 December 2021
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