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  • Draft guidance and general determination for Teacher Qualification in Further Education (TQFE): consultation

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the proposed guidance document and general determination for the further education teaching programme. The Scottish Ministers are proposing to make a determination under article 30 of the 2011 Order to enable the General Teaching Council Scotland to be able to accredit Teacher Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) providers and programmes where they meet the requirements set out in the determination. Please see full... More
    Opened 1 February 2024
  • Climate change - draft Scottish National Adaptation Plan 3: consultation

    The effects of climate change are already being felt by people in Scotland. That is why, as well as reducing emissions, we must also take steps adapt to climate change. This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Government's draft plan for adapting to climate change (Scottish National Adaptation Plan 2024-29). Read the consultation paper . The consultation paper contains full background information for this consultation, including a summary with key policy proposals. You... More
    Opened 31 January 2024
  • National Good Food Nation Plan: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the national Good Food Nation Plan . This Plan is the first of many steps to progress food system transformation in Scotland. This consultation covers the content of the first national Good Food Nation Plan and asks your views on the national Good Food Nation Outcomes; ways of measuring progress; and how different groups envision life in a Good Food Nation. This first national Good Food Nation Plan represents how the Scottish Government intends to... More
    Opened 24 January 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
    Opened 22 January 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
    Opened 22 January 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
    Opened 22 January 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
    Opened 18 January 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
    Opened 16 January 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
    Opened 11 January 2024
  • 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
    Opened 9 January 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
    Opened 8 January 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
    Opened 5 January 2024
  • Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

    People with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people are unique individuals who, like all of us, have potential to develop, skills to offer, and vibrant lives to lead connected to their families and communities. They may think differently and see and experience the world differently. This shouldn’t cause them to be marginalised, stigmatised, disadvantaged or excluded. Scotland’s diversity is our strength. We are committed to building a country that... More
    Opened 21 December 2023
  • 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
    Opened 15 December 2023
  • 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
    Opened 15 December 2023
  • 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
    Opened 6 December 2023
  • 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
    Opened 28 November 2023
  • 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
    Opened 28 November 2023
  • 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
    Opened 21 November 2023
  • 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
    Opened 15 November 2023
  • 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
    Opened 14 November 2023
  • 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
    Opened 13 November 2023
  • Education Reform: A Consultation on the provisions of the Education Bill

    Background In March 2022 the Scottish Government announced that the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) would be replaced with a new qualifications body. It also announced its intention to establish a new independent inspectorate whilst also needing to understand how best to align education inspection with the wider inspection system. These two announcements followed on from recommendations made by the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) June 2021 report on... More
    Opened 7 November 2023
  • 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
    Opened 6 November 2023
  • 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
    Opened 3 November 2023
  • Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: code of practice on the exercise of search powers by constables in Scotland

    We want to hear your views on a revised Code of Practice for constables in Scotland when they are searching people, premises or vehicles for cash, listed assets or cryptoasset-related items which may have been obtained through unlawful conduct or be intended for use in unalwful conduct. The Code replaces an existing Code on searches for cash and listed assets and has been expanded to include searches for cryptoasset-related items to take account of amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act... More
    Opened 3 November 2023
  • Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: Code of Practice on the exercise of powers by Proper Persons in Scotland

    We want to hear your views on the revised Code of Practice for Proper Persons in Scotland in relation to the exercise of powers to execute warrants and orders conferred by Chapter 3 of Part 8 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). The Code replaces an existing Code and is being revised to take account of amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) made by the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023. and your responses will help us ensure that the guidance to Proper... More
    Opened 3 November 2023
  • 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
    Opened 31 October 2023
  • 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
    Opened 27 October 2023
  • 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
    Opened 23 October 2023
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