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  • Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Non-Residential Premises Consultation

    This consultation is to seek comment on a revised volume of practical fire safety guidance. The guidance aims to help those responsible for fire safety in premises such as pubs, offices, shops, entertainment venues and transport hubs meet their legal duties. The guidance has been developed for d...

    Interest(s):

    Business, Industry and Innovation , Building and Planning , Communities and Third Sector , Economy , Public Sector , Law and Order , Public Safety and Emergencies , Transport

    Team:

    Fire and Rescue
    This consultation is open until 6 March 2017
  • Consultation on Raising Planning Fees

    The Scottish Government recognises the importance of planning in supporting economic growth, in the delivery of quality homes and in community empowerment. We have committed to consulting on enhanced fees, following the independent review of planning recommendation that fees for major applications ...

    Interest(s):

    Building and Planning

    Team:

    Planning & Architecture
    This consultation is open until 27 February 2017
  • Transport Scotland's Rail Infrastructure Strategy from 2019

    Transport Scotland is seeking views on its proposed approach to the rail infrastructure investment strategy from April 2019. The results from this consultation will help to inform the Scottish Ministers’ High Level Output Specification (HLOS). The HLOS is a blueprint aimed at improving perfo...

    Interest(s):

    Business, Industry and Innovation , Economy , Environment and Climate Change , Transport

    Team:

    Transport Scotland
    This consultation is open until 24 February 2017
  • Extending Coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to Registered Social Landlords

    The consultation sets out proposals to extend coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs). Extending coverage of FOISA would give the same 'access to information' rights to tenants of RSLs as local authority housing tenants currently hav...

    Interest(s):

    Constitution and Democracy , Housing and Regeneration

    Team:

    Freedom of Information
    This consultation is open until 23 February 2017
  • Digital Transformation: Next Steps

    Registers of Scotland (RoS) is developing a variety of new digital services. Part One of the consultation sets out detailed proposals for the introduction of these new services and the necessary changes to the Land Register Rules that would be required to facilitate them. Part Two sets out further ...

    Interest(s):

    Business, Industry and Innovation , Digital , Economy , Housing and Regeneration , Law and Order

    Team:

    Registers of Scotland
    This consultation is open until 22 February 2017
  • Consultation on Wild Seaweed Harvesting

    Seaweed is a significant resource for Scotland, very important environmentally and historically but harvested at a small scale at present. There is considerable potential for growth and development of its exploitation and use. The UK currently has no large-scale harvesting of seaweed, but in S...

    Interest(s):

    Economy , Energy , Environment and Climate Change , Farming and Rural , Public Sector , Marine and Fisheries , Transport

    Team:

    Marine Scotland
    This consultation is open until 15 February 2017
  • Draft Proposals for Requirements for Static Gear Deployed Within 12 Nautical Miles of Scottish Baselines

    In December 2015, the Cabinet Secretary announced r ecommendations on dealing with gear conflict . These included looking at good practice and possible legislative changes to the marking of static gear inside 12 nautical miles. Over the past few months, Marine Scotland has held discussions ...

    Interest(s):

    Marine and Fisheries

    Team:

    Marine Scotland
    This consultation is open until 3 February 2017
  • A STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland

    The Government is consulting on our approach to delivering a high quality Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and training offering, across the education system. Our draft STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland has two aims: 1. To improve levels of STEM enthusiasm...

    Interest(s):

    Children and Families , Education , Work and Skills

    Team:

    STEM
    This consultation is open until 31 January 2017
  • Consultation on the New National Health and Social Care Standards

    Following on from the consultation of the National Care Standards in 2014, the next phase of the National Care Standards Review is to develop a set of Standards linked to the overarching Principles which were approved by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport in February 2016.

    Interest(s):

    Children and Families , Education , Public Sector , Health and Social Care

    Team:

    Care and Support
    This consultation is open until 22 January 2017
  • Consultation on regulations to modify Part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 to deal with arrests which do not relate to criminal offences and arrests under warrant

    The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (the Act) contains procedures and protections which will apply to all arrests. While the majority of arrests are of people suspected of a criminal offence, there are arrests for other reasons - for example an arrest for a breach of a protective court order ...

    Interest(s):

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

    Team:

    Police Division
    This consultation is open until 16 January 2017
  • Consultation on a Draft Referendum Bill

    The current Scottish Government was elected with a clear mandate that the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold an independence referendum if there was clear and sustained evidence that independence had become the preferred option of a majority of the Scottish people – or if there was...

    Interest(s):

    Constitution and Democracy

    Team:

    Elections and Constitutional Development Division
    This consultation is open until 11 January 2017
  • Building Warrant Fees

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on increasing building warrant and other associated fees to make the building standards system achieve full cost recovery and place it on a sustainable footing for the future. The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that building standar...

    Interest(s):

    Building and Planning , Energy , Environment and Climate Change , Housing and Regeneration

    Team:

    Procedures and Verification
    This consultation is open until 9 January 2017
  • A Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland

    The Scottish Government’s aim is to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up, and to give all of our children the best possible start in life. It is widely acknowledged that the provision of universally accessible and high quality early learning and childcare enriches children...

    Interest(s):

    Children and Families , Communities and Third Sector , Education , Equality, Welfare and Rights , Public Sector , Work and Skills

    Team:

    Creating Positive Futures
    This consultation is open until 9 January 2017
  • Empowering teachers, parents and communities to achieve excellence and equity in education: A Governance Review

    This governance review seeks your views on how education in Scotland is run, including who should take decisions in relation to the education of children and young people, and how funding can be made fairer. It also asks about the support teachers and practitioners need to do their jobs wel...

    Interest(s):

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

    Team:

    Empowering Schools
    This consultation is open until 6 January 2017
  • Consultation on New Controls in the Queen Scallop Fishery in ICES Divisions VIa and VIIa

    This consultation seeks views on the introduction of new management measures in the queen scallop fishery in ICES divisions VIa (north coast of Northern Ireland and western Scotland) and VIIa (Irish Sea). The UK queen scallop fishery is worth approximately £6 million per year and helps to ...

    Interest(s):

    Marine and Fisheries

    Team:

    Marine Scotland
    This consultation is open until 3 January 2017
  • Consultation on proposals for regulations and policy supporting the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

    The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 creates the new private residential tenancy which will replace current assured and short assured tenancies. The purpose of the new tenancy is to improve security of tenure for tenants balanced with appropriate safeguards for landlords, lenders and...

    Interest(s):

    Housing and Regeneration

    Team:

    Private Rented Sector Policy
    This consultation is open until 25 December 2016
  • Consultation on Sections 9(2)(b)(i) of Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015

    A consultation on the period for which Scottish Ministers must provide support and assistance to adult victims of human trafficking under section 9 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015.

    Interest(s):

    Communities and Third Sector , Equality, Welfare and Rights , Health and Social Care , International , Law and Order

    Team:

    Human Trafficking Team
    This consultation is open until 23 December 2016
  • A Digital Strategy for Scotland – 2017 and beyond

    Scotland’s current Digital Strategy , published in 2011, describes actions to enhance digital connectivity, increase economic growth and activity by growing the digital economy, promote digital participation and develop digital public services. While the high-level aims of the strategy are...

    Interest(s):

    Business, Industry and Innovation , Digital

    Team:

    Digital Directorate
    This consultation is open until 15 December 2016
  • Lung Cancer Quality Performance Indicator

    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 December 2012, Lung Cancer QPIs were published, and following 3 years of national comparative d...

    Interest(s):

    Health and Social Care

    Team:

    NHS
    This consultation is open until 9 December 2016
  • Scotland's Oral Health Plan. A Scottish Government Consultation Exercise on the Future of Oral Health Services

    We have observed substantial improvements in the oral health of children, and in access to NHS dental services for patients. There are now over 4.8 million people registered with a NHS dentist. This is reflected in the unprecedented increase in the numbers of NHS dentists, where we have seen an ...

    Interest(s):

    Health and Social Care

    Team:

    Dentistry Division
    This consultation is open until 8 December 2016
  • Consultation on a Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy for Scotland

    Human trafficking and exploitation are abhorrent crimes, as well as abuses of human rights and dignity. They involve trading adults and children as commodities and exploiting them for profit or personal benefit and they happen in Scotland today. Adults and children are trafficked and exploited wit...

    Interest(s):

    Communities and Third Sector , Equality, Welfare and Rights , Health and Social Care , International , Law and Order

    Team:

    Human Trafficking Team
    This consultation is open until 7 December 2016
  • Improving transparency in land ownership in Scotland: a consultation on controlling interests in land

    A consultation on proposals for regulations to require the disclosure of persons with controlling interest in landowners and tenants in a register to be held by the Registers of Scotland.

    Interest(s):

    Environment and Climate Change

    Team:

    Land Reform and Tenancy Unit
    This consultation is open until 5 December 2016