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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

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

We asked for your views on the Scottish Government's proposals for transposing the Medium Combustion Plant Directive.

You Said

17 responses were received, which were generally supportive of the Government's proposals.

We Did

All consultation responses have been published, along with a brief summary of key points raised.  The Scottish Government and SEPA will take into account consultees' views during development of the transposing regulations and guidance.  Transposition is required to be completed by 19 December 2017.

We Asked

Do you agree with this amendment to increase the higher age limit for persons eligible for continuing care from eighteen to nineteen years of age, from 1 April 2017.  This is part of the agreed annual roll out strategy to ensure the initial cohort of young people (born after 1 April 1999) remain eligible until the duty to provide continuing care extends from 16 to 21 years of age.

You Said

We received 13 responses including from COSLA, local authorities, the Care Inspectorate, the third sector and individuals.  All respondents agreed with provisions in the Draft Order.

A few respondents commented on the early implementation phase of Continuing Care relating to communications, practice understanding of the policy and resourcing.  We have offered a response to these concerns in the analysis report which can be accessed here:

We Did

No adjustments have been made to the drafting of this Order as a result of the responses but a couple of minor technical legal edits were made as a result of the styling process.  This was to clarify that the instrument also revokes the Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2016 (S.S.I. 2016/92) which set the higher age limit at eighteen. 

The Draft Order was laid in the Scottish Parliament on 27 January for scrutiny and was approved by the Chamber on 2 March.  This Order will come into force on 1 April 2017.

We Asked

We asked for your views on

  • The six prescribed notices to be used by tenants and landlords under the new tenancy;
  • The Scottish Government’s proposed Recommended Model Tenancy Agreement;
  • The option of serving documents electronically, if a tenant and landlord agree this as the preferred method of communications; and
  • Which terms should be ‘statutory terms’ (applicable to all private residential tenancies).

You Said

  • We received 70 responses and the majority of you thought that the Recommended Model Tenancy Agreement and six prescribed notices are fit for purpose.   
  • The majority of you also thought that the Model tenancy Agreement and 5 of the 6 prescribed notices are easy to understand.   
  • On the remaining notice, the ‘Landlords notification to a tenant of a rent increase under Section 22’, you highlighted that the rent pressure zone section was not as clear as it might be.
  • A substantial majority of respondents said they thought a landlord and tenant should have the option of serving documents electronically to the electronic mail address provided by the relevant party, provided they had both previously agreed in writing to this.
  • Views were also received on the statutory terms for all private residential tenancies, many of which were already covered in the MTA.

We Did

An analysis report has been published as well as 65 of the 70 responses where permission was given to publish.  We have used your responses to further develop the Model Tenancy Agreement and prescribed notices to ensure they are fit for purpose and we are currently considering the statutory terms.