We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We asked

We asked for your views on draft proposals to extend the effects of a coronavirus related modification to the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008. This Act includes a duty on Health Boards to provide compensation to those isolating as a result of an infectious disease. This duty was suspended by the UK Coronavirus Act 2020 on a temporary basis as part of legislative modifications deemed necessary during the pandemic.

The compensation duty in the 2008 Act was predominantly developed to address the support people who find themselves isolating would require where there was small-scale outbreaks of notifiable infectious diseases rather than to provide support at the scale that would have been required throughout Covid-19 pandemic.

Given the scale of support required for the large numbers of people who have been required to isolate, it has been considered a more proportionate use of public resources to introduce COVID-19 specific support schemes. These have included:

  • the Self-Isolation Support Grant (SISG), a £500 payment for people who earn less than the living wage who are required to self-isolate;
  • the National Assistance Helpline (NAH), a central support phone line that people self-isolating can call to engage the relevant local authority team who can triage their need for support whilst isolating; and
  • the Local Self-Isolation Assistance Service (LSIAS), a pro-active service that phones people self-isolating who wish to receive the service to consider whether they require support with access to food, essential medication or other local voluntary sector and statutory services.

The proposal set out in the consultation was to bring forward primary legislation that would:

  • extend the effects of the existing modification to the 2008 Act relating to compensation from the date the legislation was in force to 30 October 2022;
  • set out reporting requirements to Parliament relating to the ongoing suspension of the provisions in the 2008 Act; and
  • provide regulation making powers so that the expiry date of the suspension – when the duty on Health Boards would once again be in place – could be brought forward or extended.

We asked for your views on whether you agreed with the proposals, whether you agreed the Scottish Government should have powers to extend or expire them early, and on the conditions that should apply to using those powers.

You said

We received a total of 14 responses to the public consultation. Of the 14 responses, 5 were received from individuals representing organisations and 9 were received from members of the public.

Overall, responses to the consultation were in favour of the proposed changes, with 78.5% of respondents agreeing with the proposal to modify the duty on Health Boards to make the payment of compensation related to self-isolation for COVID-19 discretionary; 78.5% of respondents were also in favour of the Scottish Government having the ability to vary the expiry date of these provisions - with 92.8% of respondents agreeing that these factors are the most appropriate consideration for the Scottish Government to take into account when considering extending or bringing forward the expiry date for these provisions.

Much of the written feedback received related to the need to ensure that isolation support, and support relating to Covid more generally, is provided at the right level and that there is sufficient public awareness for people affected by COVID-19.  This included comments relating to the levels of isolation support provided, the need to provide sufficient financial support and on some of the differential impact of COVID-19 on some groups with protected characteristics.

We did

We have published non-confidential responses to the consultation and an analysis of the consultation responses.  Preparations are now underway for new regulation and the feedback received from this consultation will help shape that process.

Written feedback provided relating to levels of isolation support, views on COVID-19 support more broadly and the financial and other impacts on people of having to self-isolate have been passed to the relevant policy teams in the Scottish Government for further consideration.  This feedback will inform the ongoing consideration of isolation support for COVID-19 into the next stages of the pandemic, as well as how best Scottish Government can work with public and voluntary sector partners to minimise the differential impact that COVID-19 has across a range of different communities within the population.

It is our conclusion that the proposals can be taken forward and presented to Parliament for scrutiny.

The full analysis report can be found at: Coronavirus (Discretionary Compensation for Self-Isolation) Bill Consultation - Analysis and Response - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.

We asked

The first phase of this study, the Initial Appraisal (Case for Change), was published in March 2021 and concluded that there was evidence for a ‘Case for Change’ within the study area.  We are now progressing through the Preliminary Appraisal stage of this process which involves reviewing the four Transport Planning Objectives agreed with stakeholders against a number of potential short, medium and long term intervention options and consulting with the public to understand wider views on each of these options.

For the Public Consultation we provided consultation material and a webinar, with a feedback form to record your views.  We asked for your views on a series of potential measures to improve safety on the A9 between North Kessock and Tore, including speed reduction and monitoring, junction and road layout improvements, public transport improvements and upgraded facilities for non-motorised users. These were split into packages according to their ease of implementation and potential construction timescales.

You said

We received 753 responses submitted via the online consultation platform Citizen Space, with another 3 via email.  Most of the responses were positive towards the proposed safety improvements North Kessock and Tore.  The responses that received predominantly positive feedback were generally regarding signage and visibility. Enhanced cyclist signage, road markings and installation of street lighting received overwhelmingly positive responses as well as prohibiting certain vehicle movements such as U-turns. The prohibition of right-turns to and from the A9 were more evenly rated, but with a marginally positive score.  Options which proposed to reduce speed limits or impose enforcement measures such as safety cameras were not preferred overall and received negative responses on the whole. Additionally, the option to install traffic signals at the Tore Roundabout was seen as a negative impact. Responses applying to active travel provision measures such as a controlled pedestrian crossing at Tore Roundabout were mixed.  The suggestion of a pedestrian bridge or underpass at Tore Roundabout received very positive responses.  Options concerning active travel integration and improvement of pedestrian routes had neutral responses, with additional supporting comments suggesting that the some respondents did not perceive an issue, or they did not partake in active travel and therefore could not form an opinion.  Long-term options to improve Munlochy junction with as a roundabout or the creation of a single junction along with Artafallie received fairly mixed response, but the proposal for a grade-separated junction was overwhelmingly positive.

We did

An analysis of the responses to the consultation has been published on the Transport Scotland website The responses to the consultation will help inform the development of the safety improvements between North Kessock and Tore, and form part of the ongoing appraisal.  

We asked

We sought views on a draft of the Aquaculture Code of Practice: Containment of and Prevention of Escape of Fish on Fish Farms in relation to Marine Mammal Interactions. We also asked for people’s views on accompanying reporting forms and a partial Business Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA).

A public consultation took place between 22 June 2021 and 3 August 2021.

You said

We received 39 responses to the consultation of which 20 were from organisations and 19 from members of the public. We have published the responses received where the respondent has given permission for us to do so.

The majority of responses supported introduction of the Code of Practice with a range of comments and constructive suggestions for revision and improvement.

We did

We published an analysis of the consultation responses:

https://www.gov.scot/isbn/9781802014037

We completed and published a BRIA:

https://www.gov.scot/isbn/9781802013993

The response to the consultation has been incorporated into the final version of the Code of Practice which is published on the Scottish Government website:

https://www.gov.scot/isbn/9781802014006

We asked

We asked for your views on draft proposals aimed at improving the regulations surrounding Experimental Orders for all Road Authorities in Scotland.  We also sought your views on the potential need for changing the regulations that govern Redetermination Orders and Loading Bays. 

You said

We received a total of 450 responses to the public consultation.  In relation to ETROs, many individuals, organisations and local authorities are not content with the current system (71%). 

When considering responses to Loading Bays and Redetermination Orders there was clear division in the types of responses received. It is our conclusion that further work is required to assess the demand for legislative change in these areas. 

We did

We have published non-confidential responses to the consultation and an analysis of the consultation responses (link below).  Preparations are now underway for new regulations and the feedback received from this consultation will help shape that process.

The full analysis report can be found at;

https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/consultation-on-traffic-regulation-orders-public-consultation-analysis-report/

We asked

We sought views on proposals for regulations on the preparation, submission and registration of Local Place Plans. We also asked for people’s views on the accompanying impact assessments.

A public consultation took place between 15 March 2021 and 25 June 2021.

You said

We received over 200 responses to the consultation of which 37 were from community councils / trusts and 62 individuals. Other responses were received from the public sector, including planning authorities, and developers / business interests.

We did

Craigforth was commissioned to undertake an independent analysis of responses.  The report presents the findings from the public consultation and explains the methodology that was used to analyse responses.

Where permission to publish has been provided, the consultation responses are now available to view online.

The responses, together with the analysis report, have informed and shaped the regulations which will be laid in the Scottish Parliament in Autumn 2021. The responses will also assist in the development of accompanying guidance.

We asked

We consulted on a series of questions relating to the qualifying criteria for  pardoning Miners convicted of certain offences relating to the Miners' Strike of 1984-85.

You said

The findings from the consultative response indicated that there was broad support for the pardon and that the only relevant qualifying criteria should be the range of offences to be covered by the pardon.

We did

A Miners Strike Pardons Bill was announced in September 2021 as part of the Scottish Government's 2021-22 legislative programme.

The Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 27 October 2021 and has now been published

The findings of the consultative response alongside other available evidence have been used to inform the preparation of the Bill.

We asked

The landmark Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Act 2021 was unanimously passed by the Scottish Parliament on 10 December 2020 and received Royal Assent on 20 January 2021.

We published the Scottish Government consultation “Self-referral forensic medical services - retention period for evidence: consultation” which ran for 12 weeks, between 5 February and 30 April 2021.

We asked if people agreed with the Scottish Government recommendation to set the retention period for evidence collected in the course of self-referral forensic medical examinations at 26 months.

We also asked if further impact assessments should be carried out with regards to this matter.

You said

A total of 63 valid responses were received to the consultation from 30 individuals and 33 organisations. The 33 organisations who responded included health boards, victim support organisations, justice organisations, educational organisations and organisations representing specific groups/ equalities.

The key findings were: 

  • 50.8% (32 out of 63) of respondents agreed with the proposed 26 months retention period.
  • 4.8% (3 out of 63) of respondents disagreed with 26 months and felt it should be shorter.
  • 36.5% (23 out of 63) of respondents disagreed with 26 months and felt it should be longer.
  • 1.6% (1 out of 3) of respondents were unsure if they supported 26 months.
  • 6.3% (4 out of 63) of respondents did not answer the question.

There was no consensus both in terms of whether the retention period should be longer or shorter, or what a longer or shorter period should be. 

No respondents suggested any further impact assessments were needed.   

We did

Based on responses to the consultation and all the evidence gathered the Scottish Government proposes to set a retention period of 26 months under regulations, these will be subject to approval by the Scottish Parliament early in 2022.  

The 26 month period aims to strike the right balance between ensuring that evidence is held for a reasonable timescale, should an individual decide to report to the police, and the practical considerations on health boards if required to retain evidence for lengthy periods of time.  The retention period will be kept under review as data and further evidence emerges in the future.

We published the analysis report of responses on the Scottish Government website on 22 November 2021 https://www.gov.scot/isbn/9781802016246  

Where consent was given to do so we have published the responses to the consultation.

We asked

The Abortion (Scotland) Regulations 1991 set out requirements which must be met in relation to notifications of abortion made to the CMO.  The Regulations require that notifications must be completed on a paper form (commonly referred to as the ‘yellow form’) and sent by post or delivered in a sealed envelope to the CMO within seven days of the termination. The required information to be provided on the yellow form is set out in the Regulations and requires certain information to be provided about the abortion carried out. The CMO’s office then deliver the notification forms to Public Health Scotland (PHS), which uses the information in the form to prepare the abortion statistics.

The consultation proposed that the Regulations should be amended to enable the notification of an abortion to be sent electronically in future and sought views on the timeframe within which notifications must be made. The consultation also proposed changes to the content of the notification itself. The proposals would mean that providers would in future only provide a simple notification confirming that an abortion had been carried out to the CMO and so would no longer need to submit the yellow notification forms. Further details of the abortion would be submitted directly to PHS via secure electronic means, to allow it to produce abortion statistics.

You said

35 responses were submitted to the consultation, including fifteen from organisations. Overall, responses to the consultation were in favour of the proposed changes, with the greatest support for enabling electronic submission of notifications (91%), followed by permitting a period longer than seven days in which to do so (79% of those who answered the question) and enabling data to be provided directly to PHS (73% of those who answered the question).  There was more of a split in relation to perceived impacts on privacy of personal data about patients and staff, with 45% suggesting that there would be an impact and 34% suggesting there would not.

Comments in support of the specific proposals mainly focused on the benefits in terms of streamlining processes, providing increased flexibility and increased data privacy.  The future data requirements was a key area of focus for those who caveated their support for the proposals, including the need to ensure transparency about data requirements and the opportunities for increased/improved data collection.  Responses also focused on the practicalities of moving from one system to another and the need to ensure synchronisation and no data loss as a result.

We did

An analysis of the responses to the consultation has been published on the Scottish Government website and can be viewed here:  https://www.gov.scot/ISBN/9781802010749 Where consent to publish has been provided, the consultation responses are now available to view online.

The responses to the consultation will help inform the development of Regulations to amend the Abortion (Scotland) Regulations 1991.  

We asked

We asked you to comment on the draft Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change, which provides a framework for engaging Scotland’s citizens in the transition to net zero emissions by 2045.

A consultation on the draft strategy was open for over three months, from 16 December 2020 to 31 March 2021. Through 19 open consultation questions, we asked for your views on important aspects of the strategy including the overall approach, strategic objectives and principles, the green recovery, COP26 and monitoring and evaluation.

You said

We received 178 responses to the consultation: 139 submitted via the online consultation platform Citizen Space and a further 39 submitted by email in an alternative format. 40 responses were from individuals and 138 from organisations.

A range of informed individuals and stakeholders shared their views and ambitions for how the Scottish Government can successfully communicate with individuals and communities and encourage the public’s participation in decision making. Your responses provide an essential evidence base for the Scottish Government to draw upon when developing and implementing the final Public Engagement Strategy.

We have published the responses received on https://consult.gov.scot where the respondent has given permission for us to do so. 

We did

We published the analysis of the consultation responses, completed by independent social research company The Lines Between.

There is evidence across responses that the strategy is welcomed, with broad endorsement of the objectives and principles included in the approach. As such, we will retain the broad objectives, principles and approach detailed within the strategy.

Some of the more significant points in the analysis included:

  • Include more detail on activities – we will include more detail on previous and planned activities and use a range of short case studies to showcase best practice. We will also include a Theory of Change model to show how input and activities translate to outputs, outcomes and impacts.
  • Show how activities relate back to the objectives and principles – we will use a range of icons and/or coloured text to clearly highlight where activities align with and contribute to the objectives and principles.
  • Consider language and wording of the principles – we will include more detail on each principle, and consider the language, particularly around ‘dialogue’ and ‘people’.
  • Not to add any new objectives – we will not add any new objectives.

Some of the other points in the analysis included:

  • Link the strategy to wider climate change context and other strategies – we will highlight links to the National Performance framework, Climate Change Plan update and Participation Framework.
  • Strong support for the use of trusted messengers – we will retain the emphasis on the use of trusted messengers and add further detail on who they are and how they will be supported.
  • Strong support for deliberative approaches and the Climate Assembly – we will include lessons learnt from the Climate Assembly and more detail on community climate action and youth participation and how these groups are supported to participate.
  • Scottish Government to collaborate with a range of organisations and sectors and use a range of communication channels – we will include detail on how we intend to work with other organisations and sectors and set out the channels we intend to use and how we will reach those least engaged.
  • Ensure communication is sufficient in scope, clear and relevant – we will commit to raising awareness of climate terms, avoiding technical terms, having clear and consistent messaging on action in Plain English and tailoring messaging to different audiences.
  • Highlight the positive benefits of a green recovery – we will include more detail on the co-benefits of a green recovery and emphasise that all sectors have a role to play.
  • COP26 being a unique opportunity to engage the public around climate change – we will include details of our COP26 public engagement work.
  • Accessibility of the strategy – we will produce the final strategy in PDF, html, Easy Read, large print and BSL formats to increase accessibility.
  • Monitoring and evaluation – in line with feedback we will commit to producing progress reports and an end-of-life evaluation, using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, and using clear language and visuals to ensure inclusivity and accessibility.

The response to the consultation will be incorporated into the final version of the Public Engagement Strategy, which will be published on the Scottish Government website in September.

We asked

We sought views on draft guidance on the promotion and use of mediation in the Scottish planning system, primarily in pre-application consultation and in development planning. We also asked for people’s views on potential links with the fourth National Planning Framework and new development  planning provisions.

A public consultation took place between 15 December 2020 and 12 March 2021.

You said

We received 41 responses to the consultation of which 31 were from groups/organisations and 10 from members of the public.

We did

Craigforth were commissioned to undertake an independent analysis of all responses.  The report Planning system - promotion and use of mediation - draft guidance: consultation analysis presents the findings from the public consultation and explains the methodology that was used to analyse responses.

Where permission to publish has been provided, the consultation responses are now available to view online.

The responses, together with the analysis report, have informed and shaped the guidance in Planning Circular 2/2021 - planning system - promotion and use of mediation: guidance which was published on 21 July 2021.  

In light of the consultation responses, we are currently considering how the use of mediation can be supported through National Planning Framework 4 and what, if any, scope there may be for further links with the new development plan system.

We asked

We sought views on high-level proposals for the introduction of regulations which would require new homes, consented from 2024, to only use heating systems which produced zero direct greenhouse gas emissions (at the point of use) through an initial scoping consultation. This public consultation took place between 9 December 2020 and 3 March 2021.

We also asked for people’s views on a number of key outcomes to be achieved in this transition to zero direct emissions heating within new builds, as well as the challenges these proposals presented for industry and consumers alike.

We also held a number of online, themed workshops during the consultation period, to give stakeholders an opportunity to raise their thoughts directly with us. These focussed on the themes of: consumers; business and industry; island communities; and the treatment of non-domestic buildings. 

You said

We received 92 responses to the consultation, of which 83 were from businesses and the public sector – with the remaining 9 from individuals. Responses were received from a variety of different organisations and interest groups, including local authorities, housing developers and trade bodies representing the energy sector.

We have published the responses received on https://consult.gov.scot where the respondent has given permission for us to do so. 

We did

Why Research were commissioned to undertake an independent analysis of responsesThe report presents the findings from the public consultation and explains the methodology that was used to analyse responses.

The responses received to the consultation were, generally, supportive of both our intentions to introduce regulations around zero direct emissions heating, as well as the key outcomes we hope to achieve in doing so.

The responses, together with the analysis report, will help to inform and shape the regulations which will be laid in the Scottish Parliament prior to taking effect from 2024. Before then, it is our intention to give stakeholders a further opportunity to input into the development of the regulations.

We asked

Following on from a previous consultation in 2019 we asked specific questions on how proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) about improvements to charity regulation in Scotland could be implemented.

The proposals broadly focus on changes to charity law that would increase transparency and accountability in charities and enhance regulatory powers for OSCR. The aim being to maintain public trust and confidence in charities and OSCR.

You said

We received 100 responses to the survey from a range of individuals, charitable organisations and others with an interest in charity law. 

The majority of respondents showed continuing support for the proposals in the survey and ways in which they could be achieved.

We did

We have published the responses that gave permission and an analysis report of the survey responses: Analysis Of Responses To Engagement On Strengthening Scottish Charity Law - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

We will continue to work with OSCR to establish the practical implications of the proposals on the organisation and publish the next steps before the end of the year.

We asked

We sought views on the National Planning Framework 4: Position Statement, It set out the Scottish Government's thinking on the issues that would need to be addressed when preparing Scotland's fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4).  It drew on the ideas and evidence we received from a broad range of people and organisations through our early engagement programme.

 

A public consultation took place between November 2020 and February 2021.

You said

The views of stakeholders and the public were sought on the Position Statement. 

 

Over 250 responses were received through the consultation. There was broad support for:

  • the general direction of NPF4 and the ambition for climate change to be the overarching priority;
  • embedding UN Sustainable Development Goals and Scotland's national outcomes;
  • the four key outcomes set out in the Position Statement (Net-Zero Emissions; Resilient Communities; A Wellbeing Economy; and Better, Greener Places); and
  • a focus on the Place Principle.

 

Craigforth was commissioned to undertake an independent analysis of responses.  The report presents the findings from the public consultation and explains the methodology that was used to analyse responses. Where permission to publish has been provided, the consultation responses are now available to view online.

We did

The responses, together with the analysis report, have informed and shaped the Draft NPF4 which was laid in the Scottish Parliament on 10 November 2021. The Draft NPF4 is subject to consultation until 31 March 2022. Further details of the consultation, and resources to support the consultation, can be found at www.transformingplanning.scot.

 

Once approved by the Scottish Parliament and adopted by the Scottish Ministers (expected during 2022), the plan will become part of the statutory development plan and will directly influence planning decisions.  

We asked

We asked for your views on our draft recovery plan for the manufacturing sector – Making Scotland’s Future: A Recovery Plan for Manufacturing.

You said

We received a total of 53 responses. The majority of responses (43) were submitted through the Scottish Government's Citizen Space consultation hub. The remaining were submitted via email.  41 responses were from organisations with the remaining 12 from individuals.

We have published the responses received where the respondent has given permission for us to do so.

We did

We published an analysis of the consultation responses:

Manufacturing recovery plan: consultation analysis – March 2021 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

The response to the consultation has been incorporated into the final version of the plan which is published on the Scottish Government website:

Making Scotland's Future: A Recovery Plan For Manufacturing Final – June 2021 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

We asked

We asked for your views on a revised draft of the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland. This non-statutory Guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for everyone involved in protecting children in Scotland. The Scottish Government worked collaboratively with stakeholders and partners from across education, social work, police, health, justice and the third sector to draft a wholescale revision of the 2014 version of the Guidance.

 

The public consultation on the draft guidance opened on 21 October 2020 and closed on 31 January 2021. In addition to the main public consultation, seven virtual stakeholder engagement events were held during November and December 2020 to engage with Child Protection Committees and practitioners, with a facilitated discussion structured around the consultation questions.

You said

A total of 159 consultation responses were received from a wide range of organisations and individuals. Where respondents have given their permission, responses have been published on Citizen Space. The number and diversity of respondents is a welcome sign that protecting children is increasingly seen as everyone’s responsibility.

 

The vast majority of the responses were very positive with a range of constructive suggestions for revision and improvement. There were some suggestions for revision that are more appropriate for local processes and operational guidance and other suggestions and views which will inform delivery of wider strategic developments.

We did

Responses were analysed by an independent company, Craigforth, and their analysis report is included as an Annex in the full response to the consultation, which will be published on the Scottish Government website. All responses were carefully considered in conjunction with the analysis report. We subsequently engaged directly with some respondents to better understand and reflect their views. The revisions to the Guidance were agreed by the National Guidance Steering Group and approved by the National Child Protection Leadership Group in June 2021.

We asked

We asked for your views on a draft new air quality strategy for Scotland.

You said

The analysis of consultation responses provides a summary of respondents' views.

We did

Cleaner Air for Scotland 2 - consultation on a draft new air quality for Scotland: Scottish Government response

On 22 March 2021 the Scottish Government published an analysis of responses to the recent consultation on a draft new air quality strategy for Scotland.  This statement sets out the Government’s response to the consultation and the next steps for finalising the strategy.

Within the broad support for the overarching aims of the strategy, a wide and diverse range of views was expressed by respondents.  Many respondents noted that fully integrating the new air quality strategy with related Government plans, programmes and strategies will be crucial to its success.  A related requirement is the need to take account of policy developments since the consultation was launched in October 2020 and to consider the broader context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

There are five key areas where we plan to update the draft strategy to reflect consultation feedback and recent development. These are:

  • Updating our assessment of the links between the pandemic and air quality, with a focus on health;
  • Strengthening the delivery of co-benefits for air quality and climate change, following publication of the Climate Change Plan update and in the run up to the establishment of a Scottish Nitrogen Balance Sheet;
  • In line with consultation feedback, placing a stronger emphasis on demand reduction within the transport element of the strategy;
  • Coupling the development of the voluntary code of good agricultural practice for improving air quality in Scotland with greater emphasis on the use of advisory services and support mechanisms for farmers and crofters to effect change; and
  • A commitment to develop a delivery plan to provide more specific information about responsibilities and timelines for implementation of the main actions in the strategy, again to reflect consultation feedback.

 

Further commentary on these is set out below.

The draft strategy discussed some of the high level initial findings around the direct links between Covid-19 health impacts and air quality, and also the reduction in traffic levels during the first part of the lockdown. The body of evidence has been added to significantly since this time and will be reflected in the final strategy, together with the implications for air quality of wider Covid-19 recovery plans.

The publication of the Climate Change plan update (CCPu) has set out a pathway to Scotland’s economy-wide emissions reduction targets over the period to 2032.  In many areas, including industry, transport, heat and agriculture, there are significant co-benefits for air quality from our action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The updated strategy will provide stronger linkage across to the CCPu and its delivery structure, with the aim of maximising these co-benefits.

An important element of consultation feedback was the need to focus more on demand reduction measures within the transport section of the strategy. With the publication of the CCPu and the delivery plan for National Transport Strategy 2, we now have a number of more concrete demand reduction measures to incorporate within the final strategy, including important commitments to a 20% reduction in car kilometres by 2030 and further development of the concept of 20 minute neighbourhoods.

There was a consensus amongst respondents that many of the proposed actions, while positive, require more detail in terms of responsibilities, outcomes and timelines.  These points will be addressed in a delivery plan which will accompany the strategy. We have made a clear commitment to working closely with the agricultural sector, business, industry and other partners when taking forward the actions relating to these policy areas, and this commitment will be reaffirmed in the final version. 

Collectively these actions will build on the successes to date in improving air quality in Scotland and will deliver further positive change over the next five years.

The final strategy will be published later in 2021.

 

We asked

For views on a draft of Scotland’s Land Use Strategy 2021 – 2026, including its vision, objectives and a new approach to make the Strategy more accessible to those with a wider general interest in land.

You said

We received a total of 86 responses to the public consultation, split almost evenly between organisations and individuals. 45 (52%) of these were from organisations, including membership representative bodies, businesses, campaign groups, charities, public sector bodies and research institutions. The remaining 41 (48%) responses were submitted by individuals.

In general responses to the draft Strategy were positive. Key proposals such as the move to a landscape approach were endorsed as a promising way of making the Strategy accessible and engaging beyond traditional land-based sectors. There were comments and requests for changes to be made to the detail, structure and presentation of the document where often no consensus could be reached.

We did

We have published responses to the consultation, where permission has been given to do so by respondents, and an independent analysis of the consultation responses (link below).

Alongside the final Strategy we have published our official response outlining the approach to consultation and explaining how consultation responses informed the final content and structure of the Strategy. This document is available at: https://www.gov.scot/isbn/9781800048577

We asked

We asked for views on three options for allocating Additional Quota in 2021 and alternative allocation mechanisms.

You said

We received 69 responses to the consultation from a broad cross-section of stakeholders including fishers, environmental groups, industry representative groups and interested individuals. 

We did

To summarise, for 2021 the Scottish Government will:

  • Allocate the greater share of Additional Quota on the basis of historic track record for the reference period 2015-2019, to vessels active as of 1 January 2021.
  • Allocate a portion of Additional Quota to the non-sector.  

An analysis of responses and details are set out in the outcome report: www.gov.scot/isbn/9781800048638

We asked

We asked for your views on a proposed approach to establishing a national Nitrogen Balance Sheet for Scotland. The consultation included six questions of which five offered multiple choice options on the degree of support for the proposals set out. We also asked for any further comments on the specific questions and more generally.

You said

In total, 27 responses to the consultation were received from individuals (9) and organisations (18). Across all of the consultation questions, there was a high level of support for our proposed approach. At least 25 out of the 26 respondents to each multiple-choice question supported (either fully or partially) the proposals.

In summary, there was much consensus among respondents on:

  • Scope: wide support for the SNBS being as comprehensive as possible in terms of its coverage and level of detail for all sectors of the economy and the environment.
  • Spatial resolution: wide support for a national SNBS being extended to a range of more detailed spatial scales, but also some concerns about data availability and potential burdens associated with any new data collections.
  • Setting targets: support from most respondents for the setting of targets for improving nitrogen use efficiency based on the SNBS, once the evidence base is sufficiently established to allow for this to be done robustly.
  • Update/review frequency: support from most respondents for the SNBS being updated on an annual basis, but also some concerns that this frequency might only be appropriate for the headline figures.
  • Accessibility of outputs: wide support for the outputs associated with the SNBS being made as accessible as possible, subject to this not compromising technical robustness.
  • Integrated policy development: wide support for the SNBS being fully integrated with other policy frameworks and strategies.

Other suggestions included:

  • Many respondents suggested a range of wider actions for reducing nitrogen losses and improving nitrogen use efficiency.
  • Several respondent organisations made positive offers of collaborative working around the ongoing design and future implementation of the SNBS.

We did

We have carefully considered your responses.

The majority of responses were supportive of all of the Scottish Government proposals for establishing the Scottish Nitrogen Balance Sheet. As a result, we will begin the process of preparing draft legislation to establish the Balance Sheet on the basis of these approaches. This Statutory Instrument - along with its accompanying documentation – will be laid in the Scottish Parliament well in advance of the March 2022 deadline for establishing the Balance Sheet.

We asked

We asked for views on the proposal to make the M8 and M9 Trunk Roads (Newbridge to Hermiston Gait) (Actively Managed Hard Shoulder and Speed Limit) Regulations and in particular comments in relation to the bus lane provisions.

We specifically asked for reference to operational or safety considerations by consultees in support of their comments.

We noted that consultation has been undertaken on the previous actively managed hard shoulder regulations.

You said

Twelve responses were received to the consultation. Five of these were from organisations and seven from individuals. The respondents included a local authority, a public transport organisation, a business group and seven members of the public.

The general feedback from organisations was supportive of the intention to introduce an AMHS.

Comments were received from a number of individual consultees that referred to the use of the hard shoulder as a running lane for vehicles and the impact of the availability of the facility in an emergency. It is noted that the design maintains the hard shoulder facility for use in an emergency and provides additional emergency refuge areas.

A number of the organisations who responded were supportive of the proposals, highlighting the benefit that they will bring to public transport and the promotion of bus travel in particular.

We did

All of the consultation responses have been carefully considered and it was not considered necessary to amend the proposed content of the Regulations.

The Scottish Ministers intend to make the regulations and lay them before the Scottish Parliament with the regulations coming in to force in time for the completion of the project.