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  • Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 - Consultation on Draft Regulations regarding:(1) the Transfer of Functions and Members of the Scottish Tax Tribunals to the Scottish Tribunals, (2) the rules of procedure for the First-tier Tax Chamber, and, (3) the Composition of the First-tier and Upper Tribunals for Scotland

    This consultation seeks views on draft regulations to transfer the functions and members of the First-tier Tax Tribunal to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (First-tier Tribunal) and to transfer the functions and members of the Upper Tax Tribunal for Scotland to the Upper Tribunal for Scotland (...

    Interest(s):

    Business, Industry and Innovation , Economy

    Team:

    Tribunals & Administrative Justice Policy
    This consultation was closed on 4 December 2016
  • A consultation on the Draft Scottish Fiscal Commission (Modification of Functions) Regulations 2016

    This consultation provides an opportunity to comment on the regulations expanding the Scottish Fiscal Commission’s functions. The expansion of functions reflects the Fiscal Framework agreed between the UK and Scottish Governments and the new powers devolved to Scotland through the Scotland Act 20...

    Interest(s):

    Constitution and Democracy , Public Sector

    Team:

    Fiscal Responsibility
    This consultation was closed on 30 November 2016
  • Statutory Guidance: Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Act 2000

    This consultation seeks views on draft statutory guidance in relation to a series of amendments to the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 ("the 2000 Act") made by Part 1 of the Education (Scotland) Act 2016. In summary, the draft statutory guidance has been developed to support those ...

    Interest(s):

    Education

    Team:

    Strategy and Performance
    This consultation was closed on 11 November 2016
  • The Future of Forestry in Scotland

    The Scottish forestry sector contributes substantially to our rural economy and a number of social and environmental outcomes, including climate change mitigation, biodiversity, natural flood management, recreation and people’s health and wellbeing. Scottish Ministers currently determine ...

    Interest(s):

    Environment and Climate Change , Farming and Rural

    Team:

    Forestry
    This consultation was closed on 9 November 2016
  • Review of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement Act) 2006: A Call for Evidence

    The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) are conducting a review on behalf of Scottish Ministers into the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 and surrounding policy framework on involving and engaging parents. This review aims to: identify and celebrate what has been...

    Interest(s):

    Children and Families , Communities and Third Sector , Education , Equality, Welfare and Rights

    Team:

    NPFS
    This consultation was closed on 6 November 2016
  • Consultation on the Relaxation of Planning Controls for Digital Communications Infrastructure

    This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to planning legislation (permitted development rights) on electronic communications infrastructure (e.g. masts, cabinets and antennas). World class digital connectivity is vital to Scotland’s economy, whether in relation to: improving the ...

    Interest(s):

    Business, Industry and Innovation , Building and Planning , Digital , Economy

    Team:

    Planning Performance
    This consultation was closed on 4 November 2016
  • Consultation on Transposition of Environmental Impact Assessment Directive EU2014/52

    The consultation sets out details for how Scottish Ministers propose to bring the requirements of European Directive 2014/52/EU, known as the Environmental Impact Assessment or ‘EIA’ Directive into Scottish legislation. The EIA Directive requires an assessment of the effects of certain proje...

    Interest(s):

    Business, Industry and Innovation , Building and Planning , Economy , Environment and Climate Change , Equality, Welfare and Rights , Farming and Rural , Public Sector , Health and Social Care , Housing and Regeneration , Marine and Fisheries , Public Safety and Emergencies , Transport

    Team:

    EIA Transposition Team
    This consultation was closed on 31 October 2016
  • Consultation on Social Security in Scotland

    Throughout this document, we will refer to our paper, A New Future for Social Security in Scotland, which we published in March. In that paper, the Scottish Government made a commitment to work with people across Scotland to determine how best to use the new social security powers which will be...

    Interest(s):

    Children and Families , Communities and Third Sector , Constitution and Democracy , Economy , Equality, Welfare and Rights , Public Sector , Health and Social Care , Law and Order , Work and Skills , Statistics , Scotland Performs

    Team:

    Social Security
    This consultation was closed on 30 October 2016
  • Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010: Ceasing the effect of transitional provision under section 36(3)

    This consultation is relevant to anyone who is either involved or interested in arbitration as provided for in the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010. The purpose of the draft Order is to remove the ability of arbitrating parties to contract out of using the new arbitration law provided for by th...

    Interest(s):

    Law and Order

    Team:

    Access to Justice
    This consultation was closed on 28 October 2016
  • Consultation on the Scottish Health Survey questionnaire content

    The Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) has been carried out annually since 2008 and prior to this was carried out in 1995, 1998, and 2003. Commissioned by the Scottish Government Health Directorates, the series provides regular information on aspects of the public's health and factors related to...

    Interest(s):

    Health and Social Care , Statistics

    Team:

    Population Health
    This consultation was closed on 17 October 2016
  • A consultation for implementation of certain sections of the Mental Health Act (Scotland) 2015 and associated regulations (Part 2)

    The Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015 makes amendments to the operation of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and to the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 in relation to the treatment of mentally disordered offenders. It also creates a new victim information and repr...

    Interest(s):

    Communities and Third Sector , Equality, Welfare and Rights , Health and Social Care

    Team:

    Mental Health Law
    This consultation was closed on 17 October 2016
  • Small Isles Marine Protected Area (MPA) Marine Conservation Order consultation 2016

    Proposed management measures for Small Isles MPA were first subject of a public consultation from 11 November 2014 - 02 February 2015. In response to that consultation Scottish Ministers decided management of the Small Isles MPA would be implemented through a Marine Conservation Order (MCO). ...

    Interest(s):

    Marine and Fisheries

    Team:

    Marine Conservation
    This consultation was closed on 16 October 2016
  • Consultation on amending the Small Isles MPA Designation Order 2016

    The co-ordinates and description detailed in schedule 1 of the existing designation order for the Small Isles MPA does not properly create the accepted boundary of the site that is shown on maps . In other words, trying to re-create the map from the description in the designation order is n...

    Interest(s):

    Marine and Fisheries

    Team:

    Marine Conservation
    This consultation was closed on 16 October 2016
  • Consultation on amending the Fetlar to Haroldswick MPA Designation Order 2016

    The co-ordinates and description detailed in schedule 1 of the existing designation order for the Fetlar to Haroldswick MPA does not properly create the accepted boundary of the site that is shown on maps . In other words, trying to re-create the map from the description in the designation ord...

    Interest(s):

    Marine and Fisheries

    Team:

    Marine Conservation
    This consultation was closed on 16 October 2016
  • Court Fees

    The consultation sets out proposals for fees in the Court of Session, the High Court of the Justiciary, the Sheriff Appeal Court, the sheriff court, the Sheriff Personal Injury Court, and the justice of the peace court. Court fees are a major source of income for the Scottish Courts and Tribunals ...

    Interest(s):

    Law and Order

    Team:

    Courts & Judicial Appointments Policy Unit
    This consultation was closed on 12 October 2016
  • 2017 Non-domestic rating revaluation - consultation on possible transitional arrangements

    Note: This consultation will run for a shorter consultation period of 8 weeks due to the limited number of stakeholders on what is a particular issue. The Scottish Government has an option to put transitional relief arrangements in place to phase in any large changes in individual rate bills ari...

    Interest(s):

    Business, Industry and Innovation , Public Sector

    Team:

    LGAS
    This consultation was closed on 12 October 2016
  • Modernising the Water Industry's use of rateable value to charge non-households for water and sewerage services

    Thriving businesses underpin Scotland’s economic growth and future prosperity. Our approach to charging for water services has an important part to play in this. In Ministers' Statement on the Principles of Charging for Water Services it was confirmed that surface water and roads drainage char...

    Interest(s):

    Environment and Climate Change

    Team:

    Water Industry
    This consultation was closed on 7 October 2016
  • Barclay Review of Business Rates

    The Barclay review group has been set up make recommendations that seek to enhance and reform the business rates system in Scotland better support business growth and long term investment and reflect changing marketplaces. The Group will report to Ministers in July 2017. You are invited contribu...

    Interest(s):

    Business , Business Regulation , Financial Services , Property , Business, Industry and Innovation , Building and Planning , Constitution and Democracy , Economy , Public Sector

    Team:

    Rates Review
    This consultation was closed on 7 October 2016
  • Consultation on the implementation of revised EU rules on Equine Identification in Scotland

    The Scottish Government is seeking views on the proposals for the implementation of the revised EU regulation on the rules for the identification of equines in Scotland. In response to the horse meat fraud in 2013, the European Commission (EC) set out a 5 point action plan. One of the actions was ...

    Interest(s):

    Business, Industry and Innovation , Economy , Farming and Rural

    Team:

    Animal Welfare
    This consultation was closed on 3 October 2016
  • Consultation on the Road Works (Qualifications of Operatives and Supervisors)(Scotland) Regulations 2016

    Scottish Ministers propose to introduce The Road Works (Qualifications of Operatives and Supervisors) (Scotland) Regulations 2016, the aim of which is to revise the qualification structure and to require qualified road operatives and supervisors who wish to re-register their qualifications to do so...

    Interest(s):

    Building and Planning , Transport

    Team:

    Partnerships and Concessionary travel
    This consultation was closed on 30 September 2016
  • Consultation on a Child Poverty Bill for Scotland

    The consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s proposals for a Child Poverty Bill. The proposals include: Enshrining in legislation our ambition to eradicate child poverty Reinstating statutory income-based targets to reduce the number of children living in po...

    Interest(s):

    Children and Families , Communities and Third Sector , Equality, Welfare and Rights , Health and Social Care

    Team:

    Social Justice
    This consultation was closed on 30 September 2016
  • Consultation about electrofishing for razor clams in Scotland

    The consultation is seeking views about whether the Scottish Government should propose amendments to legislation allowing specified forms of electrofishing to be utilised as a permitted method for catching razor clams in Scottish waters Click here to download a copy of the consult...

    Interest(s):

    Economy , Environment and Climate Change , Marine and Fisheries

    Team:

    Marine Scotland
    This consultation was closed on 30 September 2016
  • Application for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Negligible Risk Status for Scotland

    A consultation paper and Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) has been published setting out the possible implications of being upgraded to Negligible Risk (NR) status.

    Interest(s):

    Business, Industry and Innovation , Farming and Rural

    Team:

    Animal Health and Welfare
    This consultation was closed on 30 September 2016
  • Mental Health in Scotland – a 10 year vision

    We want your views on our proposed framework and priorities to transform mental health in Scotland. The new Mental Health Strategy will be published in late 2016. It follows a four-year strategy that ran from 2012 to 2015. The new Strategy will cover a 10 year period. NHS Health Scotland and ...

    Interest(s):

    Health and Social Care

    Team:

    Mental Health Unit
    This consultation was closed on 16 September 2016
  • Proposed Amendment to the Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2010

    This consultation is shorter than the customary 12-week period given a need to clarify the legislative position within a time frame that fits with the operation of the Beef Efficiency Scheme. The technical and narrow nature of the question being asked and the specific range of interested parti...

    Interest(s):

    Farming and Rural

    Team:

    Food and Drink
    This consultation was closed on 29 August 2016
  • Review of Renal Cancer Quality Performance Indicators Consultation

    Under the auspices of the Scottish Cancer Taskforce, National Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) were developed to drive continuous quality improvement in cancer care across NHSScotland. In January 2012, Renal Cancer QPIs were published, and following 3 years of national comparative da...

    Interest(s):

    Health and Social Care

    Team:

    NHS
    This consultation was closed on 26 August 2016
  • Consultation on the Scottish Government Response to the introduction of the UK Apprenticeship Levy

    This consultation asks for views on options for the use of its share of UK Apprenticeship Levy funding being transferred to the Scottish Government. Click here to download a copy of the consultation paper.

    Interest(s):

    Business, Industry and Innovation , Work and Skills

    Team:

    Employability and Training
    This consultation was closed on 26 August 2016
  • A Consultation on proposals to establish the interim body to manage The Crown Estate assets in Scotland post-devolution

    The Scottish Government is supportive of the Smith Commission's recommendations to devolve powers in relation to the management and revenues of Crown Estate assets in Scotland, which are in line with policy objectives to ensure that communities enjoy greater benefits from The Crown Estate. S...

    Interest(s):

    Constitution and Democracy , Farming and Rural , Public Sector

    Team:

    Crown Estate Strategy Unit
    This consultation was closed on 26 August 2016
  • The Integration of the British Transport Police in Scotland into Police Scotland

    This consultation paper sets out proposed arrangements to integrate the British Transport Police in Scotland into Police Scotland. It invites views on how we can ensure a smooth transition towards integration; ensure railway policing in Scotland is subject to appropriate oversight by the Sc...

    Interest(s):

    Public Safety and Emergencies , Transport

    Team:

    Police Division
    This consultation was closed on 24 August 2016
  • Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter - A Consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Social Housing Charter. The Charter was introduced by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010. The Charter sets the outcomes and standards that all social landlords should be achieving for their tenants and other customers through their housing activities.The ...

    Interest(s):

    Housing and Regeneration

    Team:

    Social Housing Services
    This consultation was closed on 24 August 2016