Wellbeing and Sustainable Development (Scotland) Bill

Closed 14 Feb 2024

Opened 6 Dec 2023


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 the National Outcomes including the case for a Future Generations Commissioner.

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Why your views matter

The aims of the proposed Wellbeing and Sustainable Development Bill reflect the priorities of the Scottish Government. The 2023 Policy Prospectus ‘Equality, Opportunity, Community’ sets out the government’s priority to deliver a Wellbeing Economy for people and planet. The 2023-24 Programme for Government  recognises that each mission is connected and, when delivered together, will make a real and positive difference to the lives of people across Scotland.

Continually improving the National Outcomes is one of the ways we can achieve these aims and ensure that we are able to deliver long-term and sustainable policy and delivery approaches. To do this, we need responses from people and organisations across Scotland. 

We look forward to considering your views on the questions set out in this consultation, which will shape development of legislative proposals for the Wellbeing and Sustainable Development Bill in a way that ensures that all decision-making is focussed on achieving the National Outcomes for current and future generations.

What happens next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence. Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public on the Scottish Government's consultation site along with the analysis report.

If you respond to the consultation here, you will recieve a copy via email.


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