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  • The Future for National Parks in Scotland

    It is almost 20 years since Scotland’s first National Parks in Loch Lomond and Trossachs and Cairngorms were established. Both National Parks are home to some of Scotland’s most outstanding scenery, are internationally important areas for nature and receive millions of visitors each year. ... More
    Opened 13 May 2022
  • National Strategy for Community Justice: Revision Consultation

    This consultation invites your comments on key aspects of the revised National Strategy for Community Justice. Once published, this will supersede the current National Strategy for Community Justice , published in 2016. Please read the accompanying consultation document 'National... More
    Opened 13 April 2022
  • Cancer strategy: draft vision, aims and priority areas

    The current National Cancer Plan ‘Recovery and redesign: an action plan for cancer services’ comes to completion in March 2023. This superseded the previous cancer strategy ‘Beating Cancer Ambition and Action’, and was developed in response to immediate challenges presented by the... More
    Opened 12 April 2022
  • Mandatory calorie labelling in the out of home sector in Scotland

    Mandating calorie labelling at the point of choice can support our Out of Home (OOH) sector to make a key contribution in improving our dietary health. This consultation fulfils a pledge made in our 2021 Out of Home Action Plan . The Plan builds on the commitments made in the 2018 Diet and... More
    Opened 8 April 2022
  • Call for evidence: Single-use food containers and other single-use items

    Material consumption and waste are the primary drivers of nearly every environmental problem we currently face, from water scarcity to habitat and species loss. Around 75% of Scotland’s carbon footprint is caused by the production, consumption, and all too often waste, of goods, and... More
    Opened 7 April 2022
  • University of Strathclyde – Further Education Teaching Programme Consultation

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the proposed further education teaching programme to be delivered by the University of Strathclyde. The Scottish Ministers are proposing to make a determination under article 30 of the 2011 Order to specify that the University of... More
    Opened 4 April 2022
  • Children’s Care and Justice Bill - consultation on policy proposals

    Scotland’s ambition is to be the best place in the world to grow up. To achieve this Scotland is adopting a progressive, and continually improving, approach to supporting our children and young people to achieve the best outcomes possible. This consultation covers potential... More
    Opened 30 March 2022
  • Proposed changes to fees charged for applications under the Electricity Act 1989

    This consultation document sets out proposals for changes to fees to be charged for applications submitted under sections 36, 36C and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 ("the Electricity Act"). Read the consultation paper . More
    Opened 30 March 2022
  • Social Security: safeguarding data sharing consultation

    Social Security Scotland is a public body which has daily interaction with the public and, where appropriate, their representatives. The Scottish Government is very much aware that Social Security Scotland supports some of the most vulnerable people in society. To adequately support these... More
    Opened 25 March 2022
  • Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 consultation on regulations allocating the new Transport Appeals to the General Regulatory Chamber

    A consultation on the allocation of functions to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland General Regulatory Chamber, and amendments to the composition and Rules of Procedure in the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland and the Upper Tribunal for appeals relating to: Low Emission Zone Schemes ... More
    Opened 22 March 2022
  • Guidance on Providing Community Equipment and Housing Adaptations

    We are consulting on revised guidance on the provision of community equipment and housing adaptations, which will replace the current guidance, published in 2009, available through the link below: Guidance on the provision of equipment and adaptations, 2009. Defining Community... More
    Opened 21 March 2022
  • Tied Pubs - Scottish Pubs Code - part 2

    This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Government's proposals on the Scottish Pubs Code for tied pubs. It seeks your views on what else the Scottish Pubs Code should contain beyond Market Rent Only leases and guest beer agreements (which were subject to a separate Scottish Pubs Code... More
    Opened 17 March 2022
  • Scottish Mental Health Law Review consultation

    This consultation paper outlines some of the proposals for change to the law put forward by the Executive Team of the Scottish Mental Health and Incapacity Law Review. They have been developed in partnership with people with lived experience, including unpaid carers, and mental health... More
    Opened 17 March 2022
  • Scotland's Future Catching Policy consultation

    This consultation seeks the views of stakeholders on Scotland’s Future Catching Policy (FCP), which will establish a new approach to managing sea fishing activities within Scottish waters and will ensure that the right management measures are in place to support reasonable and pragmatic... More
    Opened 15 March 2022
  • Enhancing sustainable fisheries management - Remote Electronic Monitoring

    This consultation sets out our overview of Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) and its application across the fishing fleet. The consultation seeks views on the rollout of REM to the scallop and pelagic fleet segments, and initial views on REM applied across other sections of the fleet. ... More
    Opened 15 March 2022
  • Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People

    The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shone a spotlight on older people, who were amongst the worst affected by the virus in society. In fact, 73.3% or almost three quarters of those currently on the COVID-19 highest risk list are 55 years of age or over. As we rebuild and remobilise the... More
    Opened 8 March 2022
  • Options to increase Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) capacity

    Currently, there are two regional Mother and Baby Units in Scotland. These are at St John’s Hospital, Livingston hosted by NHS Lothian and Leverndale Hospital, Glasgow hosted by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Each Mother and Baby Unit can take up to six women and their babies. ... More
    Opened 28 February 2022
  • Scottish Carer's Assistance

    Scottish Carer’s Assistance will replace Carer’s Allowance in Scotland. Launching Scottish Carer’s Assistance will be our highest priority following the delivery of Adult Disability Payment in August this year, the extension of Scottish Child Payment for 6 to 16 year... More
    Opened 28 February 2022
  • Tightening rules on advertising and promoting vaping products

    Vaping products (electronic cigarettes) have become popular over the past decade as an alternative to smoking tobacco. While current evidence shows that vapes are less harmful than smoking tobacco, they are not harm-free and we do not know what damage they could cause to human health in the... More
    Opened 3 February 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
    Opened 2 February 2022
  • Proposal to designate Red Rocks and Longay as a Marine Protected Area

    The Scottish Government's vision is for a marine environment that is clean, healthy, safe, productive and diverse seas; managed to meet the long term needs of nature and people. Scotland’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) network is being developed to help safeguard our most important... More
    Opened 1 February 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
    Opened 25 January 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
    Opened 24 January 2022
  • Second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2)

    The draft second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) Summary Report , sets out draft transport recommendations for the next 20 years. STPR2 is one of the mechanisms for delivering the Vision, Priorities and Outcomes of the second National Transport Strategy (NTS2) . ... More
    Opened 20 January 2022
  • Consultation on the draft Joint Fisheries Statement

    We are seeking your views on the draft Joint Fisheries Statement (JFS). It has been developed by the four UK fisheries policy authorities (The UK Government’s Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Scottish Ministers, the Welsh Ministers, and the Northern Ireland... More
    Opened 18 January 2022
  • 20% car kilometre reduction route map

    In response to the global climate emergency, Scotland’s Climate Change Plan update in 2020 set out a world-leading commitment to reduce car kilometres by 20% by 2030. Transport accounts for a quarter of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions, with cars making up almost 40% of transport... More
    Opened 13 January 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
    Opened 11 January 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
    Opened 29 December 2021
  • 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
    Opened 20 December 2021
  • A New Deal for Tenants - draft Rented Sector Strategy consultation

    The Scottish Government invites comments to this consultation on A New Deal for Tenants - Draft Rented Sector Strategy, which seeks to improve accessibility, affordability choices and standards across the whole rented sector in Scotland. The draft strategy consultation sets out and... More
    Opened 20 December 2021
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