Consultation Hub

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.

You can view older Scottish Government consultations here, and view a list of archived consultations (pre-2004) here.

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We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

Consultation on implementing an exemption for Energy Intensive Industries from the indirect costs of the Renewables Obligation Scotland

We Asked:

Your views on the decisions in relation to implementing the exemption for EIIs as a consequence of the UK Government’s proposals, as they relate to the RO Scotland.

You Said:

We received 20 responses from EIIs, trade associations, energy suppliers, consumer groups and one individual.  Ten responses were supportive of the proposal to implement a proposed exemption scheme, while 5 opposed. Should UK Government implement their proposed scheme, 13 responses argued that Scottish Government should implement uniformly.

We Did:

With consideration to the informative feedback from consultation respondents we will publish a Scottish Government response in due course.

Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland 2016

We Asked:

For your views and comments on a draft Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland 2016, which is a statutory document (under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 as amended by the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012), outlining Scottish Ministers’ expectations of, and setting 10 key strategic priorities for, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) over the next few years.

You Said:

We received 38 responses, the majority of which were broadly supportive of the 10 key strategic priorities and the text of the document.  A range of constructive comments were submitted on both the strategic priorities and the text of the Framework.

We Did:

A consultation analysis report has been published on the Scottish Government website. Having considered all the views expressed in the consultation responses, we made a number of amendments to the Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland 2016, which was published on the Scottish Government website on 1 September.  The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (Framework) Order 2016 was laid in Parliament on 5 September and will bring the Framework into effect from 4 October 2016.

The amendments include a revision to the section on Unwanted Fire Alarm Signals (UFAS) to take on board concerns expressed around the detailed nature of the priority, as well as additional narrative to strengthen the section on SFRS’s duties under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, and new sections covering its role as a corporate parent under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and a community justice partner under the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.

National Records of Scotland: Consultation on Proper Arrangements for Archiving Public Records

We Asked:

For your views on Guidance that the Keeper proposed to issue to public authorities. This sets out the proper arrangements that they should have in place when transferring their records selected for permanent preservation to an archive.  These included constitution, finance, staffing, security, storage, collection care, and public access.

You Said:

We received 35 responses, of which 24 came from public bodies, six from individuals four from professional bodies and one from a private archive. The great majority were in favour of the principles of the Guidance but three topics, staff qualifications, digital records and resource implications all attracted particular comment, some of it critical. A number of other, lesser issues, mainly requests for clarifications, were also raised. Overall we found the responses to be both constructive and positive.

We Did:

A full report has been published on the Scottish Government Citizen Space website, analysing the responses and setting out the Keeper’s views on them. The final Guidance is now being altered to reflect some of the topics and shortcomings raised by the Consultation and will be issued shortly. It will clarify matters surrounding staff qualifications and will set out some basic principles governing preservation of digital records. Wording on a number of other topics will be clarified to remove ambiguities.

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.