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  • The future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings: a call for evidence

    Scotland's transition to a more prosperous, low carbon economy is already well underway. Decarbonising the way we heat our buildings is a fundamental part of this transition and important if we are to achieve our climate change targets and ambition for all Scotland's buildings to be near zero... More
    Opened 26 March 2019
  • Consultation: Children’s Services Planning: Provision of Statutory Guidance

    The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 set out reforms to the way services for children and young people are designed, delivered and reviewed. As part of the Act, the Scottish Government provided statutory guidance on Part 3, Children’s Services Planning. The duties placed on Local... More
    Opened 25 March 2019
  • Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 – Section 142 – Draft Revised Guidance for Licensing Boards

    Under the terms of Section 142(1) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, Scottish Ministers may issue guidance to Licensing Boards as to the exercise of their functions under the Act, which they must have regard to. The current statutory guidance has recently been reviewed. The Scottish... More
    Opened 19 March 2019
  • Devolved taxes: a policy framework

    The Scottish Government is consulting on a new approach to the planning, management and implementation of the fully devolved taxes in Scotland. More
    Opened 14 March 2019
  • Code of Practice for the exercise of functions by Proper Persons under Chapter 3 of Part 8 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

    The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”) contains a comprehensive package of measures to recover the proceeds of crime. This includes powers to require individuals and organisations to provide information that is of significant value to an investigation, or to search for such information under... More
    Opened 11 March 2019
  • A Consultation on Improving Disability Assistance in Scotland

    This consultation asks questions on whether the policy intent set out in the Scottish approach to Disability Assistance will meet the needs of the children and adults it is intended to help. We would like to gather views to ensure we have identified the best possible approach to delivering this... More
    Opened 5 March 2019
  • Scottish Sea Fisheries National Discussion Paper

    The Sea Fisheries National Discussion Paper sets out, and seeks your views on, a vision for the future management of Scotland’s marine fisheries, how we will conduct ourselves in the International arena and what our guiding principles shall be. More
    Opened 4 March 2019
  • Changing Places Toilets: Building Standards Consultation

    Changing Places Toilets offer larger, supported facilities that address the needs of people for whom current accessible sanitary accommodation is inadequate. These facilities enable people with complex care needs to take part in everyday activities such as travel, shopping, family days out... More
    Opened 18 February 2019
  • Consultation on the Law of Succession 2019

    The paper focuses on intestacy. The key area is how an estate should be split where there are both a surviving spouse/civil partner and children. The paper seeks views on a fresh approach to reform of the law of intestacy with reference to regimes which operate elsewhere. The paper also... More
    Opened 17 February 2019
  • Consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance in Scotland

    The purpose of this consultation paper is to consider how we maintain effective environmental governance following an exit from the European Union. It seeks views on: Maintaining the role of environmental principles in developing future Scottish environmental policy and... More
    Opened 16 February 2019
  • Equally Safe: A consultation on legislation to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault

    This consultation explored how legislation might improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault. It addressed recommendations made by the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMICS) to strengthen the delivery of healthcare and forensic medical services and... More
    Opened 15 February 2019
  • Scotland’s Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019-2024

    Scotland’s climate is warming, the growing season is getting longer, and we are facing more extreme weather and rising sea levels. We need to adapt to these changes, reduce risks and take advantage of new opportunities to safeguard our future and bring wide-ranging benefits to everyone in... More
    Opened 12 February 2019
  • Rural Assets Strategy Consultation

    Crown Estate Scotland is a public corporation. We manage and innovate with land and property – seabed, coastline, rural estates and more – to deliver wider value. Collectively, the assets are referred to as the Scottish Crown Estate. We help families, businesses & communities to live,... More
    Opened 11 February 2019
  • A consultation on fireworks in Scotland: Your experiences, your ideas, your views

    Fireworks are traditionally associated with festivities which celebrate events that are important to different communities across Scotland. Fireworks can bring colour and excitement to the special occasions that are important to us. However, fireworks are potentially dangerous and need to be... More
    Opened 3 February 2019
  • Animal Health & Welfare Act Amendment Consultation 2019

    Seeking views on proposals to strengthen the enforcement of animal welfare legislation by; increasing the maximum available penalties for certain animal cruelty offences (including offences involving attacks on service animals); enabling secondary legislation to be made that will... More
    Opened 1 February 2019
  • A consultation on local connection and intentionality provisions in homelessness legislation

    This Scottish Government consultation paper invites your views on implementing the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) recommendation to commence the Local Connection and Intentionality provisions in the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003. The HARSAG also recommended narrowing... More
    Opened 31 January 2019
  • Timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill

    The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 extends and enhances the rights of unpaid carers in Scotland by giving ALL carers the right to an adult carer support plan or young carer statement. These documents identify the outcomes that are important to the carer; their needs; and any support to be provided.... More
    Opened 18 January 2019
  • Inshore Fisheries Pilot: Inner Sound of Skye - A Consultation

    The Scottish Government launched the Inshore Fisheries Pilots initiative in July 2017 with the aim of exploring alternative approaches to managing inshore fisheries. The initiative seeks to explore two approaches to fisheries management: a more localised approach where fishing... More
    Opened 17 January 2019
  • Job Grant Consultation

    The Scottish Government is consulting on its key eligibility criteria and format of the Job Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland to support young people moving back into employment. The grant will be paid to 16-24 year olds (up to 26 years old for care leavers)... More
    Opened 16 January 2019
  • Proposals for Changes to Protected Trust Deeds

    The Scottish Government has a range of statutory debt solutions to help those dealing with debt - bankruptcy, protected trust deeds (PTDs) and the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS). The consultation seeks views on proposals to help address some concerns identified with the operation of PTDs.... More
    Opened 16 January 2019
  • Defamation in Scots law

    In December 2017 the Scottish Law Commission (“the Commission”) published their Report on Defamation which aimed to reform Scots law on defamation. This consultation seeks views on some recommendations made by the Commission in the following areas: The statutory threshold test of... More
    Opened 14 January 2019
  • Consultation on Scottish Charity Law

    This consultation seeks views on potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland, in light of proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The proposals broadly focus on improvements to charity law that would increase transparency and... More
    Opened 7 January 2019
  • Mesothelioma Quality Performance Indicators Consultation

    Under the auspices of the Scottish Cancer Taskforce, National Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) were developed to drive continuous quality improvement in cancer care across NHSScotland. In order to ensure success of the National Cancer QPIs in driving quality improvement it is... More
    Opened 7 January 2019
  • Good Food Nation Proposals for Legislation

    Scottish Ministers remain committed to the concept and reality of Scotland as a Good Food Nation. A great deal of work is already happening now to make a real and positive difference to the lives of the people of Scotland: helping to improve their access to, and understanding of, the... More
    Opened 21 December 2018
  • Consultation on protective orders for people at risk of domestic abuse

    The consultation seeks views on proposals to create new protective orders that could be used to keep people at risk of domestic abuse safe by banning perpetrators from their homes and on also seeks views on whether changes are needed to the current system of exclusion orders which allow a victim... More
    Opened 21 December 2018
  • Transforming Parole in Scotland

    The aim of this consultation is to seek your views on further reforms we are considering making to our justice system to improve the experience of victims in the parole process, increase openness and transparency of the Parole Board for Scotland and ensure the independence of the Parole Board is... More
    Opened 19 December 2018
  • Amendments to Scottish Road Works Regulations 2018

    Minor amendments are need to both the Road Works (Qualifications of Operative and Supervisors (Scotland) Regulations 2017 and the Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2017. This consultation seeks views on both proposed amendments. More
    Opened 14 December 2018
  • Consultation on Prisoner Voting

    This is the Scottish Government’s consultation on Prisoner Voting. It sets out the Scottish Government’s proposal for ensuring compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights on the matter of prisoners voting. The proposal relates to Scottish Parliament and local government elections. ... More
    Opened 14 December 2018
  • Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011: Consultation on the revised Model Records Management Plan

    The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 requires named Scottish public authorities to produce and submit a records management plan (“RMP”), setting out proper arrangements for the management of an authority’s public records, to the Keeper of the Records of Scotland (“the Keeper”) for his... More
    Opened 13 December 2018
  • Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct Issues in relation to Policing: Independent Review

    Dame Elish Angiolini’s Independent Review has been established to look at all aspects of police complaints handling, investigations and misconduct. This Call for Evidence is being issued to the public to help inform that Independent Review. Evidence is welcomed from all individuals or... More
    Opened 13 December 2018
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