Consultation Hub

This is a trial version of a new Scottish Government consultation platform.

The Scottish Government wants to make it as easy as possible for those who wish to express their opinions on a proposed area of work to do so in ways which will inform and enhance that work.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

Scottish Independence Bill: a consultation on an interim constitution for Scotland.

We asked:
For your answers to questions on the Scottish Independence Bill, which provides for Scotland to become an independent State in March 2016 and set out a draft interim constitution
You said:
a wide range of comments across all questions. Overall the balance of opinion was in favour of the proposals.
We did:
The Scottish Independence Bill had its place in the overall debate that lead to the Referendum on 18 September but the Government will obviously not be pursuing the Bill now.

New Environmental Enforcement Framework - Consultation on New Enforcement Measures for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Relevant Offences Order

We asked:
We sought comments from stakeholders on the design and use of SEPA's new enforcement measures and the relevant offences order. These measures include Fixed Monetary Penalties, Variable Monetary Penalties, Enforcement Undertakings and Non compliance Penalties.
You said:
We received 47 responses. There was strong support for the underlying aims of SEPA's proposed enforcement approach and the outlined proposals for the new measures, with the majority of questions asked attracting at least 65% support. Clarification and reassurance was sought in relation to implementation and the associated guidance. Where permission has been given, responses to the consultation can be found on the Scottish Government website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/11/6499
We did:
Based on this feedback, the Scottish Government and SEPA will finalise the draft enforcement order together with COPFS. The views of respondents will also inform the development of SEPA guidance and SEPA will be consulting on prosed guidance during 2015, along with a new enforcement policy.

Statutory Guidance on the General Purpose for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and its contribution towards sustainable development

We asked:
We sought comments from stakeholders about the draft Statutory Guidance on the General Purpose of SEPA and its contribution towards sustainable development.
You said:
We received 24 responses. Support for the draft guidance and for the approach taken was strong and widespread among stakeholders, with all questions asked attracting at least 70% support. Comments received suggested minor revisions to the draft guidance to enhance clarity and understanding in certain sections. Where permission has been given, responses to the consultation can be found on the Scottish Government website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/11/5781
We did:
Based on this feedback, we have finalised the draft Statutory Guidance. It was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 11 December 2014. The Statutory Guidance will be issued to SEPA following the conclusion of parliamentary process and pending approval from Scottish Ministers. The consultation analysis report summarises the responses and outlines the Scottish Government's response. It can be found on the Scottish Government website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/12/9630

During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.