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  • 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
    Opened 25 November 2021
  • 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 This draft guidance covers provisions in the 2019 Act that extend only to Scotland and...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
    Opened 15 November 2021
  • Draft Heat Networks Delivery Plan

    Read the consultation paper This draft heat networks delivery plan sets out how the provisions of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021, and related policies, will contribute to increased heat networks across Scotland. It also outlines the proposed regulatory regime for the heat networks... More
    Opened 15 November 2021
  • Changes to the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) scheme

    Supplier payment default under the Renewables Obligation (RO) support scheme has emerged in recent years. The scheme features a mutualisation mechanism which seeks to recover unpaid bills from other electricity suppliers once they exceed a threshold. The UK Government recently legislated to... More
    Opened 11 November 2021
  • 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
    Opened 10 November 2021
  • 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
    Opened 8 November 2021
  • 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
    Opened 3 November 2021
  • The use of dogs to control foxes and other wild mammals in Scotland

    We recognised concerns about whether the legislation that governs the use of dogs to hunt for mammals in Scotland is working properly. That is why we asked the Right Honourable Lord Bonomy to undertake a review to ascertain whether the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 provided... More
    Opened 29 October 2021
  • The future of Recorded Crime and Police Activity Statistics

    The Scottish Crime Recording Board would like to consult users on the production and dissemination of Scotland’s recorded crime statistics. Questions are also asked on the possible development of new statistical products covering other types of policing activity. Scottish Government... More
    Opened 22 October 2021
  • Firth of Clyde cod spawning closure for 2022/23

    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). Exemptions have always been provided... More
    Opened 20 October 2021
  • 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
    Opened 20 October 2021
  • 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
    Opened 18 October 2021
  • Cancer Care: Review of Cutaneous Melanoma Quality Performance Indicators

    We welcome your views on the Draft Revised Cutaneous Melanoma Quality Performance Indicator Engagement Document. Please provide comments whether they be on all individual Quality Performance Indicators (QPI) or only those relevant to you. In particular... More
    Opened 13 October 2021
  • Forestry and Land Scotland Corporate Plan Consultation

    Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is an executive agency of the Scottish Government, responsible for managing Scotland's national forests and land. We are launching a public consultation on our next Corporate Plan which sets out the proposed direction of travel and priorities for our... More
    Opened 11 October 2021
  • Legal services regulation reform in Scotland

    Views are being sought on developing a system of legal services regulation that would promote a flourishing legal sector and place consumer interests at its heart. Ministers want to ensure the system of regulation in Scotland incorporates the competitive provision of legal... More
    Opened 1 October 2021
  • Becoming a fair work nation

    We are launching a public consultation on Scotland becoming a Fair Work Nation. The Scottish Government’s vision, shared with the Fair Work Convention , is that by 2025, people in Scotland will have a world leading working life where Fair Work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for... More
    Opened 1 October 2021
  • Devolved social security benefits

    The Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 allows Scottish Ministers to make regulations that would transfer some or all of the competence and jurisdiction that a sheriff has over debt recovery in the devolved social security system to the Social Security Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal. ... More
    Opened 30 September 2021
  • The next Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland

    It is a requirement of Section 40 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (as amended) that Scottish Ministers prepare such a Framework document, and do so in consultation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), bodies representing SFRS staff, t he Convention of Scottish Local Authorities... More
    Opened 29 September 2021
  • 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
    Opened 27 September 2021
  • National Strategy for Community Justice: Review Consultation

    This consultation invites comments as part of the review of the National Strategy for Community Justice. As per section 16 of the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 , Scottish Ministers must review the current strategy by 24 November 2021. Following this review, Scottish... More
    Opened 27 September 2021
  • Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2022

    As in previous years, we intend to create a new Scottish Statutory Instrument accounting for the target cost of operating the Scottish Road Works Register , for the financial years 2022/23 and 2023/24. The intention is to revoke the 2021 Instrument, and replace with a single Instrument in 2022... More
    Opened 24 September 2021
  • Anne's Law: proposals for adults living in care homes to maintain family and friendship connections 

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s proposals for delivering Anne’s Law in primary legislation, to ensure that people who live in adult care homes have rights to see and spend time with the people who are important to them. The development of Anne’s Law... More
    Opened 24 September 2021
  • Scottish Crime and Justice Survey

    The Scottish Government would like to consult users on the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) in the context of the forthcoming re-procurement. Details of the Consultation can be found in the Consultation Paper. The SCJS is a large-scale social survey which asks people... More
    Opened 23 September 2021
  • Setting up the Scottish COVID-19 Public Inquiry

    What is a Public Inquiry? Work is currently underway to establish a Scottish Public Inquiry to investigate the handling of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Scotland. The purpose of a public inquiry is to: investigate events causing public concern establish the facts... More
    Opened 23 September 2021
  • Consultation on reforming the non-domestic rates system: proposals, the draft valuation roll, content of valuation notices, etc.

    The report of the independent Barclay Review of Non-Domestic Rates was published in August 2017 and made a number of recommendations to reform the non-domestic rates system including the appeals process. The Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Act 2020 creates the requirement for assessors to... More
    Opened 22 September 2021
  • Local taxation - Valuation Appeals Committees etc: transfer of functions

    A consultation on draft regulations regarding the transfer of the functions of the Council Tax Reduction Review Panel and the functions of the Valuation Appeals Committees to the new Local Taxation Chamber in the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland, and transferring the relevant functions of the... More
    Opened 20 September 2021
  • Adult care homes: strengthening Health and Social Care Standards

    This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Government’s proposals for strengthening the Health and Social Care Standards to enable people living in adult care homes to maintain family and friendship connections to support their health and wellbeing. These proposals form part of work... More
    Opened 16 September 2021
  • A Consultation on a Consumer Duty for Public Bodies

    The Consumer Scotland Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament in June 2019, passed in May 2020, and received Royal Assent in June 2020. The Act now requires the Scottish Government to establish a consumer body – Consumer Scotland – to represent the needs of consumers. Consumer... More
    Opened 3 September 2021
  • Tax policy and the Budget - a framework for tax

    Building on 2020’s Scottish Budget consultation exercise, the Scottish Government has been exploring ways to enhance its approach to tax policy making at the beginning of this new session of the Scottish Parliament. This consultation seeks views on our overarching approach to tax... More
    Opened 31 August 2021
  • Coronavirus (Compensation for Self-isolation) Bill

    This consultation has now closed. A full analysis of responses will be published in due course. This consultation concerned a legal liability that arises as a result of the Public Health Etc. (Scotland) Act 2008. This Act includes a provision for Health Boards to provide compensation to... More
    Opened 27 August 2021
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