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  • Funeral director licensing scheme for Scotland

    Background The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 (‘the 2016 Act’) received Royal Assent in April 2016. It provides a modern, comprehensive legislative framework for burial and cremation in Scotland. Many of the 2016 Act’s provisions are rooted in recommendations made by the Infant Cremation Commission , the National Cremation Investigation and the Burial and Cremation Review Group . The 2016 Act gives Scottish Ministers the power to, amongst other things,... More
    Closed 17 November 2023
  • Statutory inspection of burial authorities, cremation authorities and funeral directors

    Background The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 (‘the 2016 Act’) received Royal Assent in April 2016. It provides a modern, comprehensive legislative framework for burial and cremation in Scotland. Many of the 2016 Act’s provisions are rooted in recommendations made by the Infant Cremation Commission , the National Cremation Investigation and the Burial and Cremation Review Group . The 2016 Act gives Scottish Ministers the power to, amongst other things,... More
    Closed 17 November 2023
  • Burial and cremation consultation collection

    The Scottish Government ran a range of consultations on proposed regulations being developed under the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016. Please read the foreword from Jenni Minto MSP, Minister for Public Health and Women’s Health. Bereavement can be emotionally overwhelming and being able to engage with the practical issues and funeral arrangements can be very difficult. However, it is something everyone is likely to experience at some stage in their life, whether... More
    Closed 17 November 2023
  • Improving inshore fisheries data: consultation on requiring electronic tracking and monitoring technology on under 12 metre commercial fishing vessels

    We are seeking views on using electronic tracking and monitoring technologies on under 12 metre commercial fishing vessels in Scottish waters (and Scottish vessels wherever they operate). The technology will provide a greater insight into t he distribution and activity of these vessels. The data generated could be used by the Scottish Government for future fisheries management, environmental protection, provision of scientific advice and to identify key fishing areas in marine... More
    Closed 7 November 2023
  • National Islands Plan review: consultation

    Scotland’s first ever National Islands Plan was published in 2019. It is now being reviewed as required by the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, which may lead to the publication of a new National Islands Plan. The Scottish Government wants to work together with local authorities, island communities and relevant sectors and partners to ensure this process is as thorough and effective as possible, providing us with vital feedback from those most impacted by the National Islands Plan. ... More
    Closed 7 November 2023
  • Quality prescribing for respiratory: a guide for improvement 2024-2027

    We want to hear your views on the draft 'Quality prescribing for respiratory: a guide for improvement 2024-2027'. Respiratory diseases are amongst our largest health concerns. We've all had illnesses or seasonal allergies that can affect our breathing. However, the scope of respiratory disease and the impact on sufferers are often misunderstood. Respiratory diseases are a major driver of health inequalities with a high prevalence in Scotland's most deprived areas. The Guidance... More
    Closed 31 October 2023
  • National Marine Plan 2 Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Scoping Report

    Not only in Scotland, but globally, the decisions that govern our oceans are vital to the future of our planet. We require a new National Marine Plan that reflects the significant challenges and opportunities of today. Scotland’s National Marine Plan (NMP) was published in 2015. Following statutory reviews and listening to feedback we received on the current plan, last year Scottish Ministers committed to update and replace the NMP (NMP2). The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009... More
    Closed 30 October 2023
  • Landlord and tenant engagement questionnaire on rented sector reform

    Housing to 2040 , our first national strategy and route map, aims to deliver our ambition for everyone to have a safe, good quality and affordable home that meets their needs in the place they want to be. This will be supported by making changes to improve the way the rented sectors operate. Our A New Deal for Tenants: Draft Rented Sector Strategy , published in December 2021, sought views on a number of proposals for changes to improve the way the rented sectors in Scotland... More
    Closed 27 October 2023
  • Draft regulations allocating bus service appeals to the Scottish Tribunals: consultation

    A consultation on allocating appeal functions to the Upper Tribunal for Scotland. This would include transferring certain appeal functions of the Transport Tribunal under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 , and allocating new appeal functions relating to bus services improvement partnerships. The consultation also includes proposed new rules governing the composition and procedure of the Upper Tribunal when hearing those appeals. The Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 ("the 2014 Act")... More
    Closed 27 October 2023
  • Health and social care integration authority planning and performance reporting statutory guidance: consultation

    The strategic commissioning plans and performance reporting statutory guidance were initially published by the Scottish Government in 2015 and 2016. The purpose of the statutory guidance is to support integration authorities, who plan and direct the delivery of health and social care services, to produce strategic plans and annual performance reports. Strategic plans and performance reports are requirements under the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 . This... More
    Closed 27 October 2023
  • Mandatory training on planning for elected members

    Elected members have a crucial role in the decision-making process within the planning system, being a vital part of our democratic process by carrying out specific planning functions including the determination of certain planning applications for their local authority. Elected members do not necessarily have a planning background and it is vital that adequate training is provided to ensure that elected members have the knowledge and understanding to help them make decisions that are... More
    Closed 26 October 2023
  • Building Warrant Fees: consultation

    This consultation seeks to obtain the views on proposed increases to the building warrant fees required to deliver change to strengthen the building standards system and the development of a new building warrant fees model in Scotland. This consultation forms part of the work undertaken by the Verification Delivery Model work stream which is one of the seven work streams being directed by the Building Standards Futures Board. The consultation will gather views... More
    Closed 24 October 2023
  • Energy Performance Certificate reform consultation

    The purpose of this consultation is to set out the Scottish Government’s final proposals for Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) reform and to seek stakeholder views ahead of the introduction of new legislation. We are consulting on reforms to both domestic and non-domestic EPCs. The content, methodology, and policy environment for the two types of EPC are very different. Neither the metrics nor methodology can be compared, as described later in the consultation. However, we... More
    Closed 16 October 2023
  • Proposals to close fishing for sandeel in all Scottish waters: consultation

    Given the importance of sandeel to the wider ecosystem and the subsequent benefit in aiding long-term sustainability and resilience of the marine environment, it remains an overarching Scottish Government position, which is reflected in Scotland’s Fisheries Management Strategy , not to support fishing for sandeel in our waters. For this reason, the UK, supported by the Scottish Government, has not allocated sandeel quota since 2021. There are several measures in place for the... More
    Closed 13 October 2023
  • Review of the Effectiveness of Environmental Governance

    Following the publication of the Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS) Strategy on 1 December 2023, the Scottish Government has gathered evidence on the effectiveness of environmental governance. The evidence gathered has helped to inform the Report into the Effectiveness of Governance Arrangements, as required by section 41 of the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 . The content of this consultation is... More
    Closed 13 October 2023
  • Wine legislation: proposed amendments

    This is a consultation on proposals regarding a definition for ice wine and changes to permitted oenological methods. The first proposal is to amend retained EU law (REUL) relating to the marketing of wine to introduce rules that will regulate how products marketed as “ice wine” must be produced, which will include a definition of ice wine. The second proposal is to amend REUL to update the lists of approved oenological processes, practices and... More
    Closed 11 October 2023
  • A Human Rights Bill for Scotland: Consultation

    Scotland is a modern, inclusive nation which respects, protects, and fulfils all internationally recognised human rights. We have made great strides in our collective human rights journey and have committed to go further through a new Human Rights Bill that will incorporate international human rights standards already signed and ratified by the UK into domestic law in Scotland. Embedding international human rights in Scotland will further emphasise the importance of all... More
    Closed 5 October 2023
  • Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: use of snares and powers of Scottish SPCA inspectors: Consultation

    This consultation is seeking views on topics related to wildlife management and the Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill ("the Bill"). It is set out in 2 parts. Part 1 relates to the use of snares and cable restraints in Scotland and Part 2 addresses matters relating to the powers of Scottish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (“Scottish SPCA”) inspectors. You can complete both sections in the consultation or only the section which is of... More
    Closed 3 October 2023
  • Licensing of activities involving animals

    This consultation seeks views on proposals to introduce new licensing regulations in Scotland covering a range of animal-related activities when carried on in the course of a business. The consultation also seeks views on proposals to licence greyhound racing in Scotland, and replace existing legislation covering animal boarding (including day care) and riding establishments, replacing it with updated licensing requirements. Read the consultation paper More
    Closed 26 September 2023
  • Firth of Clyde cod spawning closure for 2024/25

    Since 2001, a specific area in the Firth of Clyde has been closed to fishing each year between 14 February and 30 April, in order to protect spawning cod. The Scottish Government has responsibility for the closure via a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI). Prior to 2022 exemptions were provided for Norway lobster trawlers, creels and scallop dredgers due to the low amounts of cod that they catch. However, in 2022, these exemptions were removed due to the disturbance that these fishing methods... More
    Closed 22 September 2023
  • Consultation on a fairer Council Tax

    The Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA - on behalf of local government) are inviting responses to this consultation on a fairer council tax system, which concerns the council tax charges (also referred to as multipliers) for properties in valuation bands E to H. The present council tax system is perceived by some as unfair and regressive because it levies a higher tax rate on lower value properties, and a lower rate for higher value... More
    Closed 20 September 2023
  • Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 statutory guidance: consultation

    We want to hear your views on the Statutory Guidance that will be issued by the Scottish Ministers to accompany the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019. Specifically, we would like to hear whether the guidance is clear and readable and enables you to understand the duties placed on relevant organisations by the Act. About the Act The requirements of the Act will take effect from April 2024. The aims of the Act are to enable safe and high quality care and improved... More
    Closed 19 September 2023
  • Effective community engagement in local development planning guidance: consultation

    This consultation is about guidance on effective community engagement in the local development planning process. It is for planning authorities and communities. The guidance forms part of the Government’s work on reform of the planning system and implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019. It supports the new approach to local development planning on which further new regulations and guidance are available. Read the consultation paper and impact assessments . More
    Closed 13 September 2023
  • Salmon fishing: proposed river gradings for 2024 season

    We are seeking views on the proposed river gradings for the 2024 salmon fishing season, which have been calculated from the annual assessment of the conservation status of wild Atlantic salmon populations in rivers across Scotland. Read the consultation paper More
    Closed 8 September 2023
  • British Sign Language National Plan 2023 - 2029 Consultation

    Ministerial Foreword - Jenny Gilruth MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills British Sign Language (BSL) is a vibrant and important language, with its own grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. It is a language that enables many Scottish Deaf and Deafblind citizens to learn, work, be creative and to make their contribution to our communities, our culture, and our economy. We are committed to making Scotland the best place in the world for BSL users to live, work, visit and... More
    Closed 3 September 2023
  • Scottish Government Review of Permitted Development Rights - Phase 3

    The Scottish Government is carrying out a review of permitted development rights (PDR) as part of our wider planning reform programme. The PDR review is being taken forward in phases, with each phase focussing on specific development types. Phase 3 of the review considers PDR in relation to renewables equipment, thermal efficiency improvements, development by electricity undertakers, reverse vending machines and the temporary use of land for shooting ranges. Read the consultation paper More
    Closed 23 August 2023
  • Disqualification criteria for councillors: consultation on updating disqualification criteria for local authority members

    Local authority members (i.e. councillors) take strategic decisions that affect all our lives. They decide how best to use taxpayers’ money and manage local authority resources, including property, land and assets. They also have a leading role to play in building and preserving a society where the rights and freedoms of individuals are respected. It is vital, therefore, that they have the trust of the communities they serve. The Scottish Government considers that there should be... More
    Closed 9 August 2023
  • New National Parks - appraisal framework

    There is increasing global consensus around the urgent need to address the interlinked crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. The natural environment underpins our economy and our society. It affects our jobs, our health, the food we eat and the water we drink. It supports food production and security and provides the blueprint for many modern medicines. Healthy biodiversity prevents soil erosion, purifies water and helps prevent and mitigate flooding. Nature... More
    Closed 4 August 2023
  • Scotland's pavement parking prohibitions - consultation on enforcement 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 parking, double parking and parking at dropped kerbs, and gives local authorities the relevant powers to enforce these new provisions. The Act also gives local authorities the power to exempt footways... More
    Closed 28 July 2023
  • New environmental quality standard (EQS) for emamectin benzoate (EmBz): consultation on the implementation timescales

    This paper sets out Scottish Government's directions to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) on the application of a new EQS for EmBz. This ensures that SEPA exercise its regulatory and river basin management planning functions. Emamectin benzoate is widely used in the fish farm industry to control sea lice in marine finfish farming. The new standard for EmBz is lower than the standard SEPA has used previously to set discharge limits for marine finfish farms. We are... More
    Closed 24 July 2023
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